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A year has passed since James Rodriguez smashed in this gift to football

Because in-off-the-bar goals are the best goals.

365 DAYS IS a long enough period to change opinions, add calm new context to events or just plain lose the initial giddy excitement of a once exhilarating event.

Brazil Soccer WCup Colombia Uruguay Source: Felipe Dana

In the case of James Rodriguez’ wonder-strike against Uruguay on 28 June 2014 however, a year hasn’t diminished the beauty of the goal one little bit.

Take it away, James.

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We love that angle because it gives you the feeling of being at a watershed moment in football artistry.

Here’s another view, re-imagined by the excellent 8-Bit Football.

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How about something a little more 3D, a little more plastic?

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But nothing can match the feeling of the first time that goal came in to our lives.

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Originally published 13.20

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