16.09.2022 - 04:33 | source: Romano/Transfermarkt | Reading Time: 2 mins
At Everton in 2020/21 

James completes return to Europe: Olympiacos sign former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star

This article was initially published on September 14 but later updated with new information.


Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodríguez has completed a move to Greek giants Olympiacos, according to a statement from the club on Thursday evening. The 31-year-old Colombian international was previously under contract with Qatari club Al-Rayyan until 2024, but the deal was seemingly cut short, allowing Rodríguez to return to European football.


Stats
J. RodríguezAttacking Midfield
Career stats
All competitions
Games
431
Goals
115
Assists
141

Whether the Greeks, who recently attracted attention with the signing of free agent Marcelo, will have to pay parts or even all of James’ salary, estimated at €6 million per season, remains to be seen. An agreement with Galatasaray is said to have failed, as the player did not want to accept a pay cut. According to reports, the club from the Middle East could accept a 50-50 split. 


Market Value
J. Rodríguez Attacking Midfield
$14.30m

James had moved to Qatar from Everton just under a year ago and has since been directly involved in 12 goals in 15 appearances. The Stars League’s most valuable player had already announced in February that he would like to leave the country. “I would like to return to Europe, why not,” James said. “I have the requirements; I am getting into a rhythm and will wait and see what happens. Another good option is to go to the United States. I really like that, but there is still time for that.”


James, Coutinho & Co. - The highest cumulative transfer fees

19 Darwin Núñez – Transfers: 3 – Transfer fees: €124.3m
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Last updated: September 14, 2022

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18 Luis Suárez – Transfers: 5 – Transfer fees: €125.5m
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17 Paulinho – Transfers: 7 – Transfer fees: 126.9m
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3/19

16 Hernán Crespo – Transfers: 4 – Transfer fees: €126.9m
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4/19

15 João Félix – Transfers: 1 – Transfer fees: €127.2m
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14 James Rodríguez – Transfers: 6 – Transfer fees: €148.6m
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13 Eden Hazard – Transfers: 2 – Transfer fees: €150m
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7/19

12 Matthijs de Ligt – Transfers: 2 – Transfer fees: €152.5m
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8/19

11 Gonzalo Higuaín – Transfers: 5 – Transfer fees: €159m
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10 Antoine Griezmann – Transfers: 3 – Transfer fees: €160m
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9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Transfers: 7 – Transfer fees: €169.1m
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11/19

8 Ousmane Dembélé – Transfers: 2 – Transfer fees: €175m
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12/19

7 Ángel Di María – Transfers: 4 – Transfer fees: €179m
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13/19

6 Kylian Mbappé – Transfers: 1 – Transfer fees: €180m
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5 Philippe Coutinho – Transfers: 5 – Transfer fees: €180.3m
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4 Álvaro Morata – Transfers: 6 – Transfer fees: €189m
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3 Cristiano Ronaldo – Transfers: 4 – Transfer fees: €245m
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2 Neymar – Transfers: 2 – Transfer fees: €310m
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1 Romelu Lukaku – Transfers: 7 – Transfer fees: €333.6m
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Additional news
Date of Birth/Age: 12.07.1991 (31)
Nat.:   
Current club: Olympiacos Piraeus
Contract until: Jun 30, 2023
Position: Attacking Midfield
Market Value: $14.30m
Olympiacos Piraeus
Total Market Value:
$152.79m
Competition:
Super League 1
Position:
3.
Manager:
Míchel
Squad size:
38
Latest Transfer:
Pajtim Kasami
Al-Rayyan SC
Total Market Value:
$12.51m
Position:
12.
Squad size:
31
Latest Transfer:
Sekou Yansané