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Real Madrid sign James Rodriguez for $107 million

Jul 22, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

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On Tuesday Real Madrid officially announced the signing of Colombian superstar James Rodriguez.

James is now the fourth most expensive player in soccer history behind Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale (both Real Madrid) as the Spanish giants have finally got their man.

The 23-year-old has joined the reigning European Champions on a six-year deal for a fee of $107 million, after taking the World Cup by storm.

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Rodriguez scored six times in five World Cup matches this summer in Brazil to lift the Golden Boot, despite Colombia only reaching the quarterfinal stage, and has been linked with a switch from French side AS Monaco to Real ever since.

The talented attacker will now head to the U.S. to meet his new teammates on their preseason tour, as Madrid face Inter Milan, AS Roma and Manchester United. The club released the following statement on their website, as Rodriguez will be unveiled at the Santiago Bernabue on Tuesday evening.

Real Madrid C. F. have reached an agreement with AS Mónaco FC to buy James Rodríguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons.

The player will be presented today, Tuesday 22 July, at 20:00 CET, in the Santiago Bernabéu’s presidential box.

Following that, James Rodríguez will take his first steps on the Santiago Bernabéu’s pitch wearing the Real Madrid jersey and will then answer questions from the media outlets in attendance in the press room.

The big question now is, where will James slot in to the Real line up?

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With Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria currently occupying the four attacking spots, something has to give. Di Maria is the most likely to leave as Rodriguez’s ability to play centrally or on the wing mean he can slot in anywhere alongside Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema.

James’ ability to create goals should not be underestimated as he led the French top-flight in assists last season with 12 and bagged a slightly modest total of nine goals during his debut campaign in Ligue 1. Monaco have certainly made a tidy profit on the man they signed for just $60 million last summer from FC Porto.

After this monster signing, I think we can start referring to Real as Los Galacticos once again… if you ever stopped doing that.

  1. enzocerto - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    That’s a lot of money for a player Real Madrid didn’t even need!

    • fmgosu - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      This is a signing for the future, he might play a lot or not this two years, but it is a great signing for the future if he develops good

      • enzocerto - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        You don’t sign a player for $108 million to not play a lot his first couple seasons and instead “develop”. He needs to make a major impact right away in his first season or everyone is going to call him a waste. Remember people wanted to sell Gareth Bale after he struggled his first couple of months in Madrid? Luckily he settled in and gave Real a spectacular performance overall last season. Hopefully James Rodriguez can do the same.

      • lyleoross - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        I’m gonna agree with enzocerto, too much money for a “developing” player. He’s gonna play. I suspect this is a counter to Suarez, but I don’t personally feel it was necessary. Suarez is going to tear Barcelona apart. One possibility that does occur to me is a Bale or a Ronaldo move. Hard to see how or why, but it may be that one or the other has complained. Strange days though.

  2. jucam1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    He was the best single player at the cup, they’ll get rid of DiNaria and he’ll be a star there

  3. aldavis4president - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Di Maria single handedly won them that champions cup. Hes got some big shoes to fill. Huge fan of James, wish he would’ve gone elsewhere 😦

  4. raidersownyou - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Bale and Ronaldo aren’t going anywhere, why would you think that?

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