James Rodriguez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for the German giants Bayern Munich on loan from Real Madrid and is the skipper of the Colombian national team.
The 26 years old has played for like Monaco, Porto, Envigado, and Banfield. Rodriguez has an estimated net worth of $25 million in 2018.
Early Life of James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez was born on born 12 July 1991, in Cucuta, Colombia. His full name is James David Rodríguez Rubio and his parents are Wilson James Rodriguez Bedolla and Maria Dell Pilar Rubio. He is of Colombian nationality.
Rodriguez was named after James Bond though it is pronounced Ha-mez. His sister Juana is a Columbian top model. He is very good in studies as he is a student of engineering at Universidad Nacional Abierta.
He used to play football from his young age n Envigado located at the distance of 12 km from his home.
James Rodriguez started his professional footballing career since 2006, joining with the Colombian second division club Envigado. He played 30 games for the club where he scored 9 goals. He was then signed by Argentine club Banfield in 2008. He made his debut for the club on 7 February 2009. He scored his first goal for the club on 27th of February in a 3–1 victory over Rosario Central with a long-range strike. He played 42 games for the club scoring 4 goals.
James was signed by Porto On 6 July 2010, On 18 July, he made his dream debut for the club scoring a goal in a friendly against Ajax. He won 63 caps for the club scoring 25 goals. On 25 May 2013, it was stated that James had joined French side AS Monaco. It was the second most expensive transfer in Portuguese football behind former teammate Hulk. James made his Monaco debut starting against Bordeaux in which they won through the score 2–0. He played 34 games for the club scoring 11 games.
James confirmed a six-year contract with the Spanish club Real Madrid on 22 July 2014, the move made him the fourth most expensive player ever in football and the most expensive Colombian player. He played 77 games for the club scoring 28 goals. James made his debut in the UEFA Super Cup at Cardiff City Stadium against Sevilla. On 11 July 2017, it was declared that James was sent on a loan to German Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich on a two-year-long deal.
James made his international debut representing Colombian senior side for a match against Bolivia on 11 October 2011. He is the captain of his national side, his outstanding performances in the 2014 world cup led his country to the semi-final. He has won 55 caps for his national side scoring 20 goals.
Rodriguez's Personal Life
James Rodriguez was married to Daniela Ospina in 2010, the couple together has a daughter named Salomé Rodriguez Ospina born in 2013. Daniela is a volleyball player and is the sister of the Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.
They were introduced to each other in 2008 by David and soon started dating. Due to certain reason, the couple announced their separation on Jul 27, 2017. Daniela will be in Columbia to promote her brand while James will be in Germany.
Net Worth and Endorsements of James Rodriguez
As of 2017, James Rodriguez has an estimated net worth of $25 million while he receives an annual salary of $7 million. His annual average earning is $9 million. He netted $45 million while he was at Porto. It is believed he earned more than $70 million through his deal with Real Madrid.
Rodriguez will earn around $9 million as salary while at Bayern Munich. He made around $22 million in 2017. His endorsements earnings in a year is around $7 million which include with the famous brands like Adidas, Kelvin Klein etc.