The Colombianâ€™s stratospheric rise to stardom â€“ in which he outscored everyone at the World Cup this summer â€“ has seen him been named the hottest person on the planet
James Rodriguez has been voted the sexiest man of 2014 following his World Cup heroics and estimated â‚¬80 million transfer to Real Madrid.
People En Espanol magazine awarded the title to the Colombia superstar, who recently launched his own range of branded underpants, after going from promising talent to global superstar overnight by grabbing the Golden Boot in Brazil this summer.
Jamesâ€™ wife insisted that his personality is what makes the attacking midfielder so alluring, not necessarily his boyish good looks â€“ though it probably also helps that he earns more in a week than most people on the planet earn in a year!
â€œHeâ€™s a very attractive man,â€ Daniela Ospina said. â€œBut what I most like is the way he is, his personality. Itâ€™s what I really love.â€
â€œHe is still the same,â€ Maria del Pilar Rubio added. â€œWhat characterises him most is his humility, â€
Past winners of the English language version of the award include Hollywood actors Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon and Ryan Reynolds.
The â€˜sexiest man on the planetâ€™ tag now gives James bragging rights in the Santiago Bernabeu dressing room over Cristiano Ronaldo, although the new Madrid player still has some way to be considered hotter than his Ballon dâ€™Or-winning team-mate on the pitch.