With James Rodriguez having completed a two-year loan move to Bayern Munich on Tuesday , Cristiano Ronaldo is now the only person left at Real Madrid that is part of the ‘Mendes universe,’ a stable of players and coaches represented by Gestifute, the company led by Jorge Mendes.
Already this summer, the super agent has closed moves for three out of four Real players: Coentrao (Sporting de Portugal), Pepe (Besiktas) and James.
James Rodriguez with Jorge Mendes
In fact, Ronaldo has lost two of his best friends at the club in Pepe and Coentrao, his Portuguese international colleagues.
Alipio, Mendes and Fabinho
Mendes played a key role at Los Blancos during season 11/12, the league of records, representing six members of staff: Jose Mourinho, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Pepe, Ronaldo and Coentrao.
In addition, three home-grown players have been sent to Madrid in recent years.
From Alipio, a Brazilian striker who arrived as a star but did not even reach Castilla, to Fabinho, who spent a season at the academy and debuted in a friendly match for Mourinho before moving to Monaco where he has progressed significantly.