Not to be outdone by Barcelona’s signing of World Cup biter and ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez of Uruguay for a record $128.5 million (or so) transfer fee last month, Real Madrid got in on the high-priced action by scoring James Rodriguez on a six-year deal today. Madrid agreed to pay Monaco a $108 million transfer fee to attain the Colombian star.
“I’m very happy,” Rodriguez told the Associated Press. “Everything went well.”
Rodriguez was talking about his visit to the Sanitas Clinic in Madrid, where he underwent a mandatory medical evaluation to join the team, but he could’ve been talking about his performance at the World Cup that launched him to stardom.
The 23-year-old led Colombia to the quarterfinals by scoring more than anyone else in the World Cup. He ended up winning the Golden Boot with six goals. The runner-up was Germany’s Thomas Muller, who scored five times, despite having played in two more games than Rodriguez. (Don’t feel bad for Muller though. He and his team won the World Cup and partied so hard they broke the trophy.)
Rodriguez will now join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. The team introduced the star to fans this evening at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and everyone was pretty excited.
— Real Madrid C. F. (@realmadrid) July 22, 2014