There was a time when James Rodriguez was one of the most sought after players in the world, with Real Madrid eventually snapping him up.

However, Manchester City were also battling for his signature, alongside the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, as the player revealed to Twitch program Pelicanger, relayed by O Jogo.

The Colombia international, currently contracted to São Paulo FC in Brazil, opened up about his big move from AS Monaco to the La Liga giants, and brought up Pep Guardiola’s current team in the process.

Asked about what made him choose Real Madrid over Manchester City and the Ligue 1 side, he revealed it was a conversation with Florentino Pérez.

The midfielder explained: “Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City wanted me. They made better offers than Real Madrid, but I wanted glory. I wanted Real Madrid. Pérez called me and said to convince me: ‘What do you want? Do you want money or glory?’. I replied that I wanted glory and he said: ‘Well, then it’s done’.”

Joining Real Madrid from Monaco in 2014, Rodriguez would spend six years contracted to the Spanish giants before a free transfer to Everton took place in 2020.

While we will never know whether his choice was ultimately the right one, there is no denying that choosing the La Liga team over Manchester City did cover him in a bit of glory, as he won two Champions Leagues with them, as well as two La Liga titles.