HywwtxRReal Madrid have signed World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from French league club Monaco.

The 23-year-old Colombia forward has agreed a six-year deal at the Bernabeu.

The reported fee of about 80 million euros (£63m) makes Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Rodriguez scored six goals in five matches at the World Cup as his side reached the quarter-finals.

He scored against Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan as they topped Group C before netting twice, one a sublime volley, during the 2-0 last-16 win against Uruguay, which was voted goal of the tournament.

Rodriguez’s final goal was a late consolation from the penalty spot as Colombia lost 2-1 to Brazil.

The former Porto forward won the Portuguese league three years in a row before joining Monaco last season, where he scored nine goals in 34 Ligue 1 games.

Monaco vice-chairman Vadim Vasilyev said his club had no plans to sell Rodriguez, but were proud to be part of “one of the most significant transfers in football history”.

Vasilyev said: “The time came when the solution of a transfer was considered to be the most beneficial solution for all parties.”

Madrid made Ronaldo the world’s most expensive player when they signed him for £80m from Manchester United in 2009, and eclipsed that with the £85.3m they paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale last summer.

Rodriguez’s signing comes less than a week after they signed German World Cup winner Toni Kroos, who moved from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.

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condomsA new condom which is designed to kill the HIV virus may be available in Australia in the coming months. Could it make its way to the U.S.??

The Daily Mail reports:

Tests have shown the VivaGel condom is effective in deactivating 99.9 per cent of HIV, herpes and human papilloma virus cases.

Australian bio-tech firm Starpharma has developed the antiviral Viva Gel, the active ingredient designed to tackle sexually transmitted infections, in the condom’s lubricant.

The product has now received a receipt of Conformity of Assessment Certification by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration – a similar certificate to the CE mark in Europe – paving the way for mass production.

It means the condom, the first of its kind, should be available to buy in the coming months.

The condoms are lubricated with VivaGel, which contains 0.5 per cent astodrimer sodium – a non-antibiotic, antimicrobial drug designed specifically as a compound against HIV.

It is hoped the gel will help reduce the transmission of HIV and other STIs, while also reducing the risk of pregnancy.

It’ll be interesting to see how the condoms are received by the public in Australia and whether or not they aid in the prevention of STD transmission. If they prove to be successful perhaps we’ll see this product or a similar one in the United States?

According to ABC.net.au:

The gel is currently undergoing trials in the US for use in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, but has had a setback in some clinical trials where it was intended as an alternative to antibiotic treatment of the condition but rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this purpose.

Hopefully the gel will have better luck in HIV prevention.

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