James Rodriguez’s Real Madrid contract has been leaked online by controversial website Football Leaks.
The document, revealed on Monday morning, shows the incredible figures involved in the contract that the Colombian star signed when he joined Madrid from Monaco in 2014.
The most notable figures are that of James’s yearly salary. The 24-year-old earned €7,009,930 in his first season at Los Blancos and that number jumped to €7,759,380 for each season thereafter until 2020.
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James becomes the latest player to see his contract leaked by Football Leaks. The transfer agreements of Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Anthony Martial, David de Gea and Radamel Falcao have all appeared online.
Incidentally, James, De Gea and Falcao are all represented by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes. According to The Sun, Mendes, who also lists Cristiano Ronaldo as a client, has called in a specialist firm to uncover the source of the leaks.
As controversial as the leaks are, they remain incredibly insightful to football fans eager to learn how much the stars are earning.
James shot to the game at the 2014 World Cup, in which he helped Colombia reach the quarter-final and earned the Puskas Award for his sensational strike against Uruguay. He signed for Monaco for £63 million less than a month after the tournament’s conclusion.
There are no clauses in James’s contract which is quite surprising in modern football. For example, Kroos’s contract includes an agreement that Madrid will play Bayern Munich in two friendlies, one of which is still to be played.
After a difficult first half of the campaign, James has regained his place in Madrid’s starting line-up.
His difficult relationship with former boss Rafa Benitez has been well-documented - there were regular concerns over his fitness and attitude - but James has been a regular in the absence of Bale.
He praised Zinedine Zidane’s influence since the Frenchman replaced Benitez and was quoted by Goal as telling AS: “The coaching change has been good for everyone. Not just for me. He talks a lot with everybody and I think it’s good for our play.
[Zidane] gives you more encouragement to play well and know what you are worth.”
La Liga hopes
James netted Madrid’s second goal on Saturday in their 4-2 win over Athletic Bilbao. It was his sixth goal of the season and second in three games, giving Zidane a selection headache upon Bale’s return.
Madrid’s win kept the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Los Blancos trail Luis Enrique’s team by four points and are one point behind Atletico Madrid.
Next up for Zidane’s side is a trip to Roma for the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Tuesday.
Madrid are on a hot streak, having lost just one of their last 15 games, and the Frenchman will be eager to end of the season with a trophy 10 years after finishing his playing days in infamous fashion following his headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final.