So this afternoon the deal got across the line for Real Madrid to bring James Rodriquez to the Bernabeu from Ligue 1 club AS Monaco. The reported fee is in the region of £63 million (80 million EUROS) – a quite extraordinary sum, but not something you will be overly surprised with it being Real throwing that kind of money around. He has signed a 6 year deal which will see him staying in Spain until at least 2020.
Though Lionel Messi won the World Cup golden ball, there is little room for debate in the fact that Rodriquez easily outshone the Argentine. Although he missed out on that accolade he did take home the Golden boot – a quite marvelous achievement for a midfielder.
There’s no doubt that his performances at the World Cup captured the eye of every major club in the world. He played under pressure with ease and was almost impossible to contain. He ended the tournament with 6 goals and 1 assist to his name.
Even before his World Cup performances he was being touted for a move to the likes of Madrid after he impressed at club level for AS Monaco, helping them achieve a place in this year’s Champions League – whilst also being Ligue 1’s greatest assist maker.
AS Monaco were intent on keeping their Colombian star but in the end succumbed to being part of “one of the most significant transfers in football history”.
Their Vice Chairman, Vasilyev said:
The time came when the solution of a transfer was considered to be the most beneficial solution for all parties.
Will he be worth the massive amount of money Madrid have paid? Time will tell. But I think he will prove his worth.