Colombia's Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez is on his way out of Monaco and headed to European giant Real Madrid for around $110 million, according to multiple reports.
Rodriguez led Colombia to the quarterfinals where it lost to Brazil, and he became the breakout player of the tournament, leading all scorers with six goals. Predictably, his relative anonymity was going to be short lived after such a stellar showing in Brazil.
Rodriguez, 23, told Monaco that he wouldn't play in their preseason games for fear of getting injured and thwarting his dream of playing for Real Madrid. The attacker only scored nine times for Monaco last season (along with 12 assists), but Real is banking on a repeat performance from the form he showed in Brazil.
It's not as if Real Madrid was lacking in star power, either. Rodriguez will pair with new signee Toni Kroos, Christiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to form a lethal attack. His No. 10 James jerseys have already begun popping up in Madrid, and he was also spotted by Spanish journalist Juan Gato at the Madrid airport.