World Cup star Rodriguez signs for Real Madrid

Real Madrid have signed World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from French side Monaco for a fee of around €80m.

22-year-old James Rodriguez is really showing why Monaco paid €45m for him image: caughtoffisde.com

James Rodriguez will  play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale next season
image: caughtoffisde.com

The 23-year-old has signed six-year contract with the Champions League holders and the €80m (£63m) transfer fee makes him the fourth most expensive player in history, behind Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

The attacking midfielder was a breakout star at the World Cup this summer bagging six goals in five games which helped Colombia to the quarter-finals. Those six goals saw him pick up the Golden Boot award and his excellent volley against Uruguay was voted goal of the World Cup.

He started his career with Colombian side Envigado before moving down to Argentinian club Banfield. FC Porto saw something special in the then 17-year-old and brought him to the Portuguese side, where he won a hat-trick of league titles as well as the 2011 Europa League.

He signed for French side Monaco just last summer for £38.5m, where he scored 10 goals in 38 matches in all competitions and finishing second in Ligue 1 behind PSG.

He is the second signing for Real Madrid this summer, with World Cup winner Toni Kroos making the move from Bayern Munich last week for a reported fee of €30m.

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