David Beckham: 'James Rodriguez has whole package'

James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's second goal and his second of the game with teammates Jackson Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June
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Former England captain David Beckham says that James Rodriguez has the "whole package" after his displays at the World Cup.

David Beckham has described breakout Colombian football star James Rodriguez as the "whole package" following his performances at the World Cup.

Rodriguez, who turned 23 today, still leads the World Cup scoring charts on six goals, despite going out in the quarter-finals.

Former England captain Beckham described his goal in the last 16 against Uruguay as the best of the tournament when speaking to Adidas Football's YouTube channel.

"His goal for me was one of the best of the tournament - as a young player, to have that thought, the way he moved into the ball, the way he turned and struck the ball," said Beckham.

"I've heard about him quite a few times and people told me he was a great talent, but to come on to the world stage at his age and play the way he's played, says how talented he is.

"I think he's got a great future. He's such a talented player and he's a good-looking kid as well, he's got the whole package."

The playmaker was yesterday named as one of the 10 nominees for the tournament's Golden Ball award for the best player.

Currently at Monaco, Rodriguez has admitted that it is his dream to play for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball?

Angel di Maria
Mats Hummels
Toni Kroos
Philipp Lahm
Javier Mascherano
Lionel Messi
Thomas Muller
Neymar
Arjen Robben
James Rodriguez
Angel di Maria
4.0%
Mats Hummels
4.0%
Toni Kroos
2.0%
Philipp Lahm
0.0%
Javier Mascherano
1.0%
Lionel Messi
19.2%
Thomas Muller
15.2%
Neymar
1.0%
Arjen Robben
19.2%
James Rodriguez
34.3%
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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