James Rodriguez has scored in each of Colombia's three group games. All ended in wins as they finished atop of Group C with nine points from nine.
His pass for Colombia's second goal against Japan was a lesson in improvisation and invention. And his quick feet and finish to score the fourth in the 4-1 win were just as impressive.
Team-mate Jackson Martinez believes Colombia are benefiting from a player who has matured since his move to Monaco.
In quotes carried by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo (via FIFA.com), Martinez said Rodriguez was a better player after a year in France:
It's impressive to see how James has improved. I knew him from FC Porto and I see that now in France he has matured so much.
The talent he has is something that cannot be questioned. He is having a great tournament.
The 22-year-old has already become one of the stars of the tournament. And in the form he's in, he'll fancy his chances of leading his team past Uruguay and into the quarter-finals.
If they do that, Carl Worswick of The Guardian feels it will be huge for Rodriguez.
"If Colombia make history and reach the World Cup’s last eight for the first time, some believe Rodriguez could even assume (Carlos) Valderrama’s mantle as the country’s greatest player of all time."