Uruguay Coach Oscar Tabarez has said that Colombia attacker James Rodriguez is in the class of Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Uruguay boss Tabárez feels that his side had been beaten by the best player at the World Cup, James Rodríguez. The young attacker scored two sublime goals to help Colombia reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history and Tabarez feels that Rodriguez is the best player of this ongoing competition.

Tabarez feels that James Rodriguez is among the greats of the game following his match-winning performance. “For me, talents are those who do things that have nothing to do with their life experience,” Tabarez said. “Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez – they do things because they have a certain gift which makes them special. It is not up to me but I believe from what I have seen that he is the best player in the World Cup.”

Tabarez was speaking in a press conference after his sides’ loss against the Colombians. He said: “I’m not exaggerating. We tried to limit him (Rodriguez) a lot today but he kept coming and made his presence felt. Hopefully he will continue to move on because he’s very young and football needs players with these characteristics.”

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is now banned from playing football for four months and the boss admitted that he missed the striker. “Among the things we discussed before the match, we all knew about what happened but we had to stop thinking about it,” said Tabárez, who confirmed he was in talks over a new contract. “We said we should only bring out the positive things that could come out of this situation.”

The 22-year-old James Rodriguez first came into the spotlight when French side AS Monaco chose to spent €45 million euros on him, is known for his brilliant dribbling skills and Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is also full of praise for James Rodriguez.

Pekerman said: “In my long experience in football, I’ve had in my teams extraordinary footballers, elite players of a very high technical level. What is most surprising is that at his young age he does not have any objection, any problem in being responsible for doing things that football players take many years to understand.

“Football forces you to deal with a lot of situations, you have to handle these situations and we have a technical player who has every attribute of a top-notch player at a world level.”

Colombia will be playing in the World Cup quarter-finals against Brazil on 4th July in Fortaleza.