James Rodriguez to cash in on World Cup Fame with Real Madrid

james-rodriguez-real-madrid-dealJames Rodriguez was definitely the breakout star of the 2014 World Cup. The Colombian midfielder scored six goals, which was more than any other player this summer and the performance earned him the World Cup Golden Boot award. Now it looks like Rodriguez is set to cash in on his spectacular play since Real Madrid will pay a fortune to buy out his contract from AS Monaco.

Rodriguez has agreed to personal terms with Real Madrid for €7.5 million per season, and the only thing left to do is for both teams to come to a financial agreement. According to the Daily Mail, the current holdup seems to be Monaco’s insistence that Real increase their offer from €75 million to €85 million. But regardless of how this all plays out, it seems to be a done deal since Rodriguez is reportedly house shopping in Spain’s capital city.

The main question now is where Rodriguez will fit into Real Madrid’s plans. The front line includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karem Benzema while Real also bought Toni Kroos’ contract from Bayern Munich for $30 million. There’s midfielder Angel di Maria to consider here as well, however, reports suggest that he’ll be sold to make way for Rodriguez. This would put the 23-year-old in a familiar attacking midfielder role with Ronaldo, Bale and Benezema playing ahead of him.

It’ll be interesting to see how Rodriguez performs when he arrives in Madrid. Last season, he only scored nine goals for AS Monaco before emerging as a star and dazzling everybody in Brazil’s World Cup. As Bleacher Report predicts, Rodriguez could one day be looked at as the replacement for Ronaldo’s firepower. The do-it-all Portugal striker dealt with a number of injuries last season, which carried on into the 2014 World Cup. And while Ronaldo very well may bounce back from these injuries, his age doesn’t suggest that he’ll be playing at a world-class level for much longer than 3-4 years.

This is where Rodriguez comes into play because he’s already shown flashes of brilliance, yet still has plenty of room to grow as a player. But as for now, Rodriguez looks to fit into the midfield along with Kroos and Luka Modric.

2014 World Cup Final Betting: Germany vs Argentina Preview

germany-vs-argentina-world-cupWhat began with 32 teams is now down to just two as Germany and Argentina will meet in the 2014 World Cup Final. If you’re looking to watch the much-anticipated match and/or do some 2014 Word Cup Final betting, keep in mind that it kicks off at 3pm ET tomorrow (July 13th).

The Germans are really coming into this match with some major buzz after their 7-1 dismantling of Brazil. The host country was shell-shocked as Germany quickly scored four goals within the first 10 minutes, then cruised to the biggest World Cup semifinal blowout in history. Sure Brazil was without Neymar and Thiago Silva, their two best players, but this team was still expected to put up a fight in front of their home crowd.

As for Argentina, their path to the Final was much more discreet. First, it took them extra time to earn a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the round of 16. They then earned another 1-0 win over Belgium in the quarterfinals. Their run was completed after playing the Netherlands to a scoreless draw, then winning 4-2 on penalty kicks. Compared to the shocker that Germany delivered the day before, many considered Argentina’s victory to be a pretty mundane affair.

Given everything that we’ve discussed up to this point, it should be little surprise that the Germans are favored on many 2014 World Cup betting lines, including ours at GTBets.eu. But is this team really such an overwhelming favorite to win their fourth-ever title at the World Cup? Or will Argentina be hoisting their third-career Cup trophy? Let’s try to make some sense of it all by looking at the following points.

Germany has their Full Lineup

germany-vs-argentina-world-cup-1One thing that really goes in favor of the Germans is that their team is healthy. The match against Brazil was far from grueling, which means that we’ll see the same fearsome lineup, including record-breaking striker Miroslav Klose along with Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil providing support. About the only injury problem with this team is Defender Mats Hummels, who’s dealing with tendinitis but is still expected to start.

As for the Argentines, they’re not in as bad of shape as Brazil was, but they still have some worries ahead. Midfielder Angel Di Maria is doing some light training now, but he’s not expected to start because of a thigh injury. Left-back Marcos Rojo has a sore ankle and was very limited in Friday’s practice, although he’s expected to play. On the bright side, forward Sergio Aguero is now healthy and available to start in place of Ezequiel Lavezzi or Gonzalo Higuain.

Argentina has History on their Side…Just Not Recently

If you want to factor history into Germany vs Argentina betting, then the latter has an edge here. The two sides have played 15 international matches against each other, with Argentina getting the better end at 9 wins to 6 losses.

In more recent times, though, Germany has had the upper hand. Playing on their home soil at the 2006 World Cup, the Germans defeated Argentina on penalty kicks. At the 2010 Cup, Die Mannschaft completely dominated the Diego Maradonna-coached Argentines to the tune of 4-0. This humiliating loss convinced Maradonna to step down as the international team coach. Taking this loss into account, could Argentina be focused on revenge?

Both Players have Star Power

lionel-messiAlong with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi is one of the world’s top two soccer players. And he’s done nothing to disprove this thought by scoring four goals at this year’s World Cup, tying him for third with Neymar.

But don’t expect Germany to be starstruck because they have elite players of their own. Thomas Muller has scored five goals thus far, ranking second behind Columbia’s James Rodriguez. There’s also André Schürrle and Miroslav Klose, who’ve scored 3 and 2 goals respectively. Klose’s two goals have allowed him to become the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 16.

So who’s going to win?

Germany comes into this match with the complete team that’s capable of domination, as they more than showed against Brazil. But Argentina plays good defense and is always a threat to score, thanks to Messi. So this definitely doesn’t look to be another opponent that Germany will steam roll. However, we still think that this is the Germans’ year and like the following to happen:

Germany wins by a score of 2-1