5. James Rodriguez – $86.8 million
Like Bale, James carried a big price tag and bigger expectations when he moved to the Burnabeu. Like Bale, James has struggled under the weight of that pressure, plus perhaps some mismanagement by former Real coach Rafa Benitez. Rodriguez is constantly linked to moves away from Spain, Manchester United are the latest club to show alleged interest, a future few could have seen after he took the World Cup by storm in 2014. At just 24 years of age James does have time on his side, but perhaps a change of scenery is needed to move his career forward.