Cristiano Ronaldo is so wealthy that he finds it difficult to keep up with how much money he has. The Real Madrid player was named as the world’s most marketable footballer last week, beating. Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, from Portugal Juventus FC, since 2018 Centre-Forward Market value: €45.00m. Feb 5, 1985 in Funchal, Portugal.
It was only a matter of time before James Rodriguez, the Colombian star who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup with six dazzling goals, transferred to a European superclub this offseason. On Tuesday, Real Madrid announced that Rodriguez had signed a six-year contract to join Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid agreed to pay $108 million to AS Monaco for Rodriguez’s transfer, according to the AP, making him the fifth most expensive player in the history of soccer behind only Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez.
Rodriguez is the third $100 million dollar player to join Real Madrid since 2009 (Ronaldo, Bale), which has paid five of the eight largest transfer fees of all time — the other three belonging to La Liga rival Barcelona. Skyrocketing transfer fees have become a begrudgingly accepted part of modern soccer, but is Rodriguez really worth that much to Real Madrid?
Real Madrid has a habit of signing World Cup stars immediately after the tournament. In 2002 they brought Brazilian striker Ronaldo to Spain, in 2006 it was World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, and in 2010 Real Madrid signed German youngsters Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira. Real Madrid has already signed away German midfielder Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich earlier this month, adding another world-class talent to a jam-packed midfield stable.
Rodriguez was arguably the best player in Brazil this summer, and may have deserved the Golden Ball over Lionel Messi — but that doesn’t automatically make him the best player in the world, or even the best player for Real Madrid. He scored six goals in five games, one of which was named the goal of the tournament. Two of his six goals came in stoppage time in games that Colombia already had big leads in (against Greece and Japan).
Rodriguez’s performance for Monaco last season is a far better indicator of what he can offer to Real Madrid. Rodriguez joined Monaco from Portuguese team FC Porto in 2013 (for $60 million), and alongside Radamel Falcao, helped lead Monaco to second place in Ligue 1. An attacking midfielder that can play on either wing, Rodriguez scored nine goals for Monaco in league play and led all players in France with 12 assists over 34 appearances. Solid numbers, but not exactly eyebrow-raising.
His arrival means that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti may have to tinker with the formation just to fit all of his star-studded players on the field at once. Real Madrid preferred playing with a 3-man front line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and striker Karim Benzema, but Rodriguez needs to occupy space in the final third of the field. A 4-2-3-1 formation with Benzema up top and the $300 million trio of Ronaldo, Rodriguez and Bale behind him is the obvious choice, but that could leave Real Madrid exposed in defense, especially with the rumored departure of Khedira.
Even Real Madrid can’t afford to absorb a $100 million purchase (~$130 million including Kroos) without offloading players to balance the books. Argentinian winger Ángel di María has been linked with a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain, but his rumored departure has many fans up in arms, and for good reason.
Di María became one of Real Madrid’s most important players during a breakout 2013-14 season. Bale’s arrival last year was supposed to be the end of di María’s career in Madrid, but he responded by becoming one of the best players in Spain. Di María rivaled Rodriguez’s season numbers at Monaco (four goals, 17 assists in 34 appearances), but di María’s biggest impact won’t show up in the scoresheet. He balanced the team, tirelessly running from box to box to cover for the defenders and provide service to the more attack-minded players like Bale and Ronaldo. He was the man of the match in the 2014 Champions League final, and it wasn’t a tough decision.
It’s important to remember that Real Madrid isn’t just a soccer team, but also a global brand. James Rodriguez is the hottest name in soccer, and he’s the total package. He’s a young, handsome star that could become the next global face of soccer like David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo. In terms of on-field production, Rodriguez probably won’t make that much of a difference, especially in his first year — but some transfers aren’t strictly about wins and losses.
Cristiano Ronaldo may be one of the world's richest and most marketable athletes, but the Real Madrid superstar's list of charitable contributions is as extensive as his portfolio of lucrative sponsorship deals.
The 32-year-old's most recent philanthropic project will be to fund the construction of a paediatric hospital in Santiago, Chile, as part of a joint venture with Italian businessman Alessandro Proto -- with others to follow in more South American cities.
Earlier this year, the Portugal captain auctioned off his 2013 Ballon d'Or trophy for £600,000, with all the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
In 2016, he made a generous donation to Save the Children for food, clothing and medical care to help the plight of children in Syria.
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In 2015 Ronaldo was named the world's most charitable sportsperson by dosomething.org, and was reported as having donated £5 million to help the aid effort in Nepal following the devastating earthquake that hit the region.
He came to the aid of a 10-month-old baby in 2014, paying for a brain operation to prevent the child from having up to 30 seizures a day.
The former Manchester United forward also kept a promise made on Spanish radio to celebrate winning the Ballon d'Or that year with children suffering from leukaemia.
In 2013, Ronaldo lent his name and donated to a project to conserve the mangrove forests in Indonesia following a tsunami after seeing the footage of a young victim wearing a Portugal shirt with his name on it.
In the past he has also donated more than $165,000 to fund a cancer centre in Portugal that treated his mother, and paid for the cancer treatment of a 9-year-old boy.
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'My father always taught me that when you help other people, then God will give you double,' Ronaldo said in 2013. 'And that's what has really happened to me. When I have helped other people who are in need, God has helped me more.'