Real Madrid's James Rodriguez Becomes Club's 1st Colombian Goalscorer

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Real Madrid's James Rodriguez Becomes Club's 1st Colombian Goalscorer
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Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez found the back of the net in Tuesday's Spanish Super Cup match versus crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, thus becoming the first Colombian player to score a goal for Real, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Acquired from AS Monaco for 80 million (about $106 million) this summer, Rodriguez—the fourth-most expensive player in the sport's history—scored his first goal for Los Blancos in the 81st minute of Tuesday's first leg.

The mark gave Real a 1-0 lead, which would be relinquished shortly thereafter thanks to an 88th-minute away goal from Atletico forward Raul Garcia. Before Garcia found twine, Atletico were facing the prospect of carrying a 1-0 deficit and no away goals into Friday's second leg at the Vicente Calderon.

Though his goal wasn't pretty and didn't lead to Real's desired result, Rodriguez can always lay claim to the honor of being his nation's first goalscorer for perhaps the most accomplished club in the world.

While Real didn't have any key Colombian players before Rodriguez, Atletico were led by Radamel Falcao in 2011-12 and 2012-13, with the Colombian striker scoring 52 goals in 68 La Liga matches. The gold standard among his modern-day countrymen in Europe, Falcao played alongside Rodriguez at Monaco last season. The talented striker was a rumored transfer target of Real's this summer, but he remains at Monaco for the time being.

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