How much do Madrid stars cost per minute of action...?

Including transfer fees and salaries, AS breaks down what some of Real Madrid's players cost the club per minute of action on the pitch.

James, jugador del Real Madrid, es el 20º jugador en minutos jugados esta temporada.

Zinedine Zidane said this week that James Rodríguez “will get more minutes and will be an important player” for Real Madrid as the season progresses, but to date the Colombia international remains the 20th most-used squad member under the Frenchman this season. Only Casemiro and Fabio Coentrão of the first team squad have seen less action, and both have been injured for most of the season so far. Mariano Diaz has played 45 minutes and third-choice keeper Rubén Yañéz has yet to feature.

James costs 42,354 euros per minute

The Colombian cost the club 80 million euros when he was bought from Monaco in 2014, signing a six year contract. That equates to an investment of 13.13 million euros per season, plus his gross annual salary of 7,759,380 euros, meaning James will cost the club 21,092,713 euros for the 2016-17 season.

Breaking down James’ playing time into financial terms, the midfielder has cost Real Madrid 42,354 euros for every minute played this season.

In his first season at the club under Carlo Ancelotti, James had featured for 1,500 minutes at the same stage of the campaign, representing an outlay of 14,061 euros per minute.


In Isco’s case, the midfielder cost 30 million from Málaga in 2013 and receives an annual salary of five million, meaning he costs the club 11 million per season over the course of his five-year deal. Isco has enjoyed more playing time than the Colombian (715 minutes), which equates to 15,384 euros per minute on the pitch this season.

Ronaldo cheaper than James

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has cost Real Madrid less this season than James. The Portuguese cost the club 96 million euros in 2009 when he signed a six-year contract, but that amount has now been settled as he is in his eighth season at the Bernabéu. Therefore, taking into account his annual salary of 45 million euros, after 1,211 minutes on the pitch this season Ronaldo costs the club 37,159 euros per minute played.