Colombia's soccer player James Rodriguez waves to the fans during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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Real Madrid Tuesday signed Colombian striker James Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup, from Monaco on a six-year contract.Spanish media said Real paid about 80 million euros ($108 million) for Rodriguez, making him one of the most expensive players ever.Rodriguez, 23, scored six goals for Colombia at the World Cup to win the Golden Boot award. A spectacular volley against Uruguay went down as one of the best goals of any World Cup.The Colombian striker is Real's second big signing in five days as they prepare for a new season of confrontation against rivals Barcelona.Spanish sports daily Marca, which has close ties with Real Madrid's board, said Real would pay 75 million euros up front and up to five million more in add-ons.Rodriguez went to the World Cup as Colombia's second most prominent player.
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