FIFA Ballon d`Or: James Rodriguez wins goal of the year award

Colombian star James Rodriguez`s sublime volley for Colombia against Uruguay in their last 16 match at the World Cup was voted goal of the year at the FIFA Ballon d`Or awards on Monday in Zurich.

AFP| Updated: Jan 13, 2015, 09:19 AM IST
FIFA Ballon d`Or: James Rodriguez wins goal of the year award

Zurich: Colombian star James Rodriguez`s sublime volley for Colombia against Uruguay in their last 16 match at the World Cup was voted goal of the year at the FIFA Ballon d`Or awards on Monday in Zurich.

The 23-year-old -- who was outstanding as Colombia reached the quarter-finals only to lose to Brazil -- came out top ahead of Robin van Persie`s header at full stretch against Spain in the World Cup final group game against Spain and surprise finalist Irishwoman Stephanie Roche.

Rodriguez, who earned a big money move to Real Madrid on the back of his performances at the World Cup, said this was a special award for his country.

"I am happy, I would like to thank all those who voted," said Rodriguez.

"It is a very special goal for me and for all of Colombia. These are words of happiness and gratitude."