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Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez Inspires as Colombians Go

Freddy Upegui, a Colombian moving truck driver in Spain who’s been out of work for two years, is scraping together funds so that he can buy a Real Madrid soccer shirt with the name of his idol James Rodriguez on the back.

“As soon as I have the money I’m going to buy that shirt and try to see him play,” said Medellin-born Upegui, 39, who has been in Madrid for 17 years and now makes money selling snacks such as Colombian-style fried cheeseballs called “bunuelos.” “He’s showing that Colombians can make their way in the world and become the very best at anything.”