Manchester United Balls: Luke Shaw Is Worth Six Times More Than James Rodríguez
THE story goes that Monaco and Colombia’s £38.5m star James Rodríguez could have played for Manchester United.
When he was a teenager, the 22-year-old who wears the name ‘James’ on his shirt was offered to Manchester United for around £5m.
James was just 17 when his reps told the Old Trafford scouts that his performances for Club Atlético Banfield in Argentina were worth a look.
All balls, of course. Untied must be offered hunderds of players every season. Every superstar was once a callow youth with ambition.
And it sounds like a lot of cash for a teen. But, then, United did lash out £25.6 million for 18-year-old Wayne Rooney, and have just spent around £30m on Luke Shaw, 18.
It’s all a bit a bit so-what until United fans recall that instead of James the club invested £7.4m in real money on Bebé. How did that turn out?