James Rodríguez Signs with Real Madrid for $108 Million

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James Rodríguez, the Colombian striker and top scorer at this year’s World Cup, has signed with Spanish La Liga team Real Madrid to a six-year deal said to be worth $108 million.

The signing of the 23-year old World Cup Golden Boot winner comes on the heels of Madrid acquiring Toni Kroos, the German midfielder and fellow World Cup star, for a meager $40 million or so.

Rodríguez is coming to Madrid from Monaco, where he’s played since May of 2013, and where he helped the team secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League competition.

A statement from Real Madrid announcing the transfer read: “Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Monaco for the transfer of James Rodríguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons. The player will be presented today in the Santiago Bernabéu’s presidential box. Following that, he will take his first steps on the Santiago Bernabéu’s pitch wearing the Real Madrid shirt.”

FOX Sports writes of it all in greater depth here. And you can visit James’ PeekYou profile — where you’ll find loads of links to mountains of media — by clicking his highlighted name above, and you can see where he ranks among the Web’s other top footballers on our special, soccer-centric PeekYou list here.