Rodriguez is no flash in the pan though – he signed for Monaco last summer from Porto for a fee of €45m and finished the season with nine goals and 12 assists in 34 appearances.
But do the Spanish feel as though he is worthy of being titled a Galactico? Or was Brazil 2014 as good as it gets for the former Porto man?
We asked Ignacio Ruiz from Eurosport Spain for his opinion.
The fee is a Galactico fee but I do not see James Rodriguez as an actual Galactico, yet. He has not won anything yet so it is expensive. Real have paid the same for James that Barcelona did for Luis Suarez, a 40-goal-a-season striker.
Here is a story from the Spanish site where we used infographics to ponder the various formations Real could now use.
In terms of actual football, it’s easy to argue Real did not need James Rodriguez but this signing fits into the marketing strategy used by Florentino Perez – after every World Cup, he will sign a top player from the tournament.
In 2002 it was Ronaldo. Fabio Cannavaro arrived in 2006, and both Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira were brought in after 2010.
Real can afford these sort of deals because the banks are giving credit. Besides, they are also getting good fees on player they are selling such as Ozil to Arsenal last summer and Angel Di Maria very shortly. Khedira could well join Angel out the door, though Ancelotti seems to want to keep both.
I don´t think this will cause problems with Financial Fair Play, either. Please note, Real is not an economic society as most of the clubs, they are a sport club.
You can follow Ignacio on Twitter: @IREurosport
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