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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Madrid splash the cash to land £63m Colombian James

Jamie Holland

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

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New Real Madrid signing James Rodriguez acknowledges the crowd during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
New Real Madrid signing James Rodriguez acknowledges the crowd during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid have completed the siging of World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from Monaco.

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The Colombia international agreed a six-year contract with the Spanish giants after undergoing his medical.

Neither club have confirmed the fee for the 23-year-old, but reports suggest Madrid have paid in the region of £63m (€80m), which would make Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Rodriguez was one of the revelations of the World Cup, scoring in each of Colombia's games as they reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the very first time, eventually losing 2-1 to hosts Brazil.

In total Rodriguez scored six goals at to finish as the leading scorer – one clear of Thomas Mueller – while his stunning 25-yard volley against Uruguay was voted goal of the tournament.

His signing comes less than a week after Madrid brought in Germany's Toni Kroos, who moved from Bayern Munich for a reported £24m.

It also means that, if the reported figure is correct, Madrid now boast three of the four most expensive signings in history, having spent a world-record £86m on Bale last summer and £80m on Ronaldo in 2009.

CLEAN SWEEP

The Champions League winners would hold a clean sweep of the top three signings but for arch-rivals Barcelona, who splashed out a reported £75m on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez earlier this summer.

Big-spending Monaco said they had not been looking to sell Rodriguez but described the deal as "one of the most significant transfers in football history".

Rodriguez began his professional career with Colombian side Envigado before moving down to Argentinian club Banfield aged 17.

His performances for the Buenos Aires outfit attracted the attention of Porto, who signed him for £4m in 2010, and three years later he joined Monaco for £38.5m after helping the Portuguese side win a hat-trick of league titles and the 2011 Europa League.

 

Top 20 transfers

1 Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid£86m

2 Cristiano Ronaldo, Man United to Real Madrid – £80m

3 Luis Suarez, Liverpool to Barcelona – £75m

4 James Rodriguez, Monaco to Real Madrid – £63m

5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter Milan to Barcelona – £59m

6 Kaka, AC Milan to Real Madrid – £56m

7 Edinson Cavani, Napoli to PSG – £55m

8 Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid to Monaco – £51m

9= Fernando Torres, Liverpool to Chelsea – £50m

9= David Luiz, Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain – £50m

10 Neymar, Santos to Barcelona – £48.6m

11 Zinedine Zidane, Juventus to Real Madrid – £46m

12= James Rodriguez, Porto to Monaco – £38.5m

12= Hulk, Porto to Zenit St Petersburg – £38.5m

12= Hernan Crespo, Parma to Lazio – £38.5m

14 Juan Mata, Chelsea to Manchester United£37.1m

15= Thiago Silva, AC Milan to PSG – £35m

15= Andy Carroll, Newcastle United to Liverpool – £35m

15= Lucas Moura, Sao Paulo to PSG – £35m

15= Radamel Falcao, Porto to Atletico Madrid – £35m

16 Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid to Napoli – £34.5m

17= Fernandinho, Shakhtar Donetsk to Man City – £34m

17= Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal to Barcelona – £34m

17= Asier Illarramendi, Real Sociedad to Real Madrid – £34m

17= Javi Martinez, Atletico Bilbao to Bayern Munich – £34m

17= Javier Pastore, Palermo to PSG – £34m

17= Axel Witsel, Benfica to Zenit St Petersburg – £34m

18= David Villa, Valencia to Barcelona – £32m

18= Robinho, Real Madrid to Man City – £32m

18= Eden Hazard, Lille to Chelsea – £32m

18= Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid to Chelsea – £32m

19= Filippo Inzaghi, Juventus to AC Milan – £31.5m

19= Mario Gotze, Bor Dortmund to Bayern Munich – £31.5m

19= Luke Shaw, Southampton to Man United – £31.5m

20 Marquinhos, Roma to PSG – £31.1m

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