James Rodriguez joins Real Madrid: World Cup top scorer completes £63m move
Colombia international will link up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid have completed the signing of World Cup star James Rodriguez.
The Colombia international has joined the Champions League winners from Monaco for a fee thought to be in the region of £63m.
He has agreed a six-year contract with Madrid and underwent his medical with the club this morning.
The fourth most expensive player of all time (after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez) was presented to fans at the club's Bernabeu Stadium. He told a press conference: “The numbers mean nothing to me. I just want to help make history and bring joy to the Madrid fans.
“This is a club which is used to winning and I'm prepared mentally and physically to do so. It is a pleasure to be among so many stars and I'm sure I'll learn a lot from everyone.”
“I've always followed Real Madrid and always dreamed of playing here. I've suffered a lot to get here and when you do that then it tastes so much better. I will never forget this day. I hope to work hard, to train well, and to experience a lot of joy here. I know I am under a lot of pressure, but I am happy to face it.”
The Spanish side moved quickly after the World Cup to tie up a deal after the 22-year-old impressed hugely at the tournament. Whilst he wasn't the official player of the tournament (that accolade went to Lionel Messi) he was by most people's estimation the revelation of the World Cup.
James Rodriguez has been pictured in Madrid over the weekend The former Porto player scored in all five of Colombia's World Cup games and ended the tournament with the Golden Boot thanks to his total of six goals. He also collected two assists in Brazil.
Rodriguez had only been at Monaco for a single season after he left Porto in a £38.5m deal. However the French side quickly made it clear they were ready to sell the 22-year-old at the right price.
Video: Real Madrid clinch World Cup star
Real Madrid have now met that asking price and he will take his place alongside an fearsome looking attack of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid have also signed another star of the World Cup in the shape of Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich for £24m.
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 after helping the Portuguese side win a hat-trick of league titles and the 2011 Europa League.
The left-footed forward scored 10 goals in 38 matches in all competitions for Monaco last term as they finished second in Ligue 1 behind Paris St Germain.
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".
A statement on http://www.asm-fc.com read: "The club would like to take the opportunity to thank James for the role he played in getting the club back to the Champions League and wishes him the very best for the future.
"The club had no intention to sell the player, however the time came when the solution of a transfer was considered to be the most beneficial solution for all parties.
"Monaco is proud to be a party to one of the most significant transfers in football history.
"Monaco is a club that will continue to grow and remains focused on the future. More than ever it has the ambition to strengthen the team and continue to progress for next season."
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