AS Monaco playmaker James Rodriguez has signed a six-year deal to complete his £60million move to Real Madrid. The World Cup Golden Boot winner will be unveiled at the Bernabeu at 7pm on Tuesday evening as Madrid snap up world football's hottest prospect. The 23-year-old play maker will link up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to create one of the world's most feared attacking line-ups.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 22, 2014
Here is where James Rodriguez fits in the list of the World's most expensive players. Spanish teams dominate. pic.twitter.com/NWsKnviW0c
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) July 22, 2014
A Real Madrid statement read, "Real Madrid have reached an agreement with AS Monaco for the transfer of James Rodriguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons." Fans will get their first look at the Colombian in the famous all-white kit later today, as Rodriguez will be unveiled in typical grand fashion at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid, coming off a season in which they signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspurs for a world record transfer fee and then went on to win the UEFA Champions League, have now added arguably the two most impressive players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with Rodriguez joining World Cup winner Toni Kroos at the Santiago Bernabeu.
A forward line consisting of Ronaldo, Kroos, Benzema, Bale and now Rodriguez, Madrid are a serious force to reckon with this season. That doesn't even take into account the likes of Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Jese and perhaps most notable of all, Angel di Maria and Isco. The latter two are both expected to be sold this summer, despite the fact that Isco only joined the club last summer from Malaga for £24 million.
Such is life at Real Madrid. Suffice it to say, anything less than a repeat victory in the Champions League and a La Liga crown to go with it would be viewed as a massive disappointment this season. The move also adds yet another superstar to what was already the most impressive list of players compiled for any match on the planet.
This season's El Clasico's against Barcelona will be quite the spectacle, with Barcelona's forward line consisting of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suarez.
But the signing also had critics question James' £63million price-tag. Here are some hilarious Twitter reactions;
James Rodriguez had a great World Cup, but is he really worth £63m? http://t.co/tFKABu6iJm
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 22, 2014
David Luiz for £50m. James Rodriguez for £63m. Financial Fair Play... pic.twitter.com/jJsgXWZTz5
— Balldog (@balldog) July 22, 2014
This is what Real Madrid could've bought with the £63m they spent on James Rodriguez pic.twitter.com/52yFQRZNJC
— Mo HaQ (@MoHaQness) July 22, 2014
— Secret Footballer (@TSF) July 22, 2014