Cristian Rodríguez

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For the Argentine boxer, see Cristian Rodríguez (boxer). For the Colombian tennis player, see Cristian Rodríguez (tennis).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Barotti.
Cristian Rodríguez
Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez.jpg
Rodríguez in action for Porto in 2010
Personal information
Full name Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti
Date of birth (1985-09-30) 30 September 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Juan Lacaze, Uruguay
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 11
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Peñarol 40 (4)
2005–2008 Paris Saint-Germain 36 (1)
2007–2008 Benfica (loan) 24 (6)
2008–2012 Porto 70 (12)
2012– Atlético Madrid 53 (2)
National team
2005 Uruguay U20 9 (5)
2003– Uruguay 77 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 15 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2014

Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkɾistjan roˈðɾiɣes]; born 30 September 1985) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid in Spain mainly as a left winger.

Having received the nickname Cebolla (onion) from his Peñarol days, from his father,[1] and also because he smelled nicely when he sweat,[2] he is well known for his speed and technical ability. He also played several seasons in Portugal, with Benfica and Porto.

Rodríguez gained more than 70 caps for Uruguay, representing the country at the 2014 World Cup and three Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Peñarol / Paris SG[edit]

Born in Juan Lacaze, Rodríguez started playing professionally, still a youngster, for local giants C.A. Peñarol in the Uruguayan first division, where he helped the side to the 2003 title. After an injury ruled him out for some games in late 2004, he was spotted by television cameras jumping in the stands alongside club supporters, but he eventually escaped a fine or suspension.[3]

In 2005, Rodríguez was transferred to French outfit Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on a free transfer, along with Carlos Bueno.[4][5] After appearing scarcely in his first season in Ligue 1, he was important in helping the capital team barely avoid relegation, scoring his only goal in a 4–2 home win against AS Monaco FC.


In late August 2007 Rodríguez moved to Portugal's S.L. Benfica in a season-long loan, together with countryman Maximiliano Pereira, who was bought from Defensor Sporting.[6] After being one of the Reds' most important players through 2007–08, he was bought by fellow top division side F.C. Porto in June 2008[7][8](but part of the transfer fee was paid to Play International B.V.[9]). During the two team's match in Lisbon on 30 August 2008, he was subjected to vitriolic abuse from the stands, in a 1–1 final draw; nonetheless he eventually settled at the new club, forming an attacking trio with Argentine Lisandro López and Brazilian Hulk, also scoring some goals through unsuspecting headers.

After Silvestre Varela was bought by Porto in the 2009 off-season, Rodríguez was relegated to a substitute role, but still appeared in 32 official games in the 2010–11 season (two goals, including one in 11 matches in the club's victorious campaign in the UEFA Europa League).

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 28 May 2012 Rodríguez signed for Atlético Madrid for four seasons, after being released by Porto.[10][11] He scored his first two goals for his new club in the Europa League group stage, against Hapoel Tel Aviv FC (3–0 away win) and FC Viktoria Plzeň (home); in the latter he netted the game's only goal through a thunderous left-foot shot in the 93rd minute.[12][13]

International career[edit]

Rodríguez made his Uruguayan national team debut at age 18 in a friendly against Mexico, and went on to represent the nation in two Copa América tournaments, scoring in the 2007 edition in a 4–1 win over Venezuela, the host.

After assaulting Argentina's Gabriel Heinze during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage (0–1 home loss), he received a four-match ban, and national team coach Oscar Tabárez opted to not select him for the final stages in South Africa.[14][15]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 October 2004 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 4–1 4–2 2006 World Cup qualification
2. 7 July 2007 Polideportivo Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristobal, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–3 1–4 2007 Copa América
3. 25 May 2008 RewirpowerSTADION, Bochum, Germany  Turkey 2–3 2–3 Friendly
4. 12 October 2010 Wuhan Sports Center, Wuhan, China  China PR 0–3 0–4 Friendly
5. 10 June 2012 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Peru 3–2 4–2 2014 World Cup qualification
6. 6 February 2013 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Spain 1–1 3–1 Friendly
7. 15 October 2013 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Argentina 1–0 3–2 2014 World Cup qualification
8. 13 November 2013 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Jordan 0–4 0–5 2014 World Cup qualification



Paris Saint-Germain
Atlético Madrid



  1. ^ "Cristian Rodríguez: Con el escudo tatuado en la piel" [Cristian Rodríguez: Shield tattooed on skin] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Watson, Paul (5 June 2014). "Alternative Group D preview: Balo to Panama, Joel Campbell's rampage and replica kits". Four Four Two. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Rodríguez ready for bigger stage; BBC Sport, 10 January 2005
  4. ^ The unilateral extension option through the eyes of FIFA DRC and CAS
  5. ^ PSG go for Uruguayans;, 20 July 2005
  6. ^ Mantorras out for three months; BBC Sport, 27 August 2007
  7. ^ Porto pick up Rodríguez;, 22 June 2008
  8. ^ Cristian Rodríguez "defects" from Benfica to FC Porto
  9. ^ Page.80-81: Trade Payables "FC Porto consolidated financial accounts and report on 30 June 2010". Porto's official website. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Acuerdo con Cristian Rodríguez por cuatro temporadas (Agreement with Cristian Rodríguez for four seasons); Atlético's official website, 28 May 2012 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Cristian Rodriguez moves to Atletico Madrid; Footballcracy, 29 May 2012
  12. ^ Atlético up and running with win at Hapoel;, 20 September 2012
  13. ^ Rodríguez rocket extends Atlético's winning streak;, 4 October 2012
  14. ^ "Cristian 'Cebolla' Rodríguez fue suspendido cuatro partidos por agredir a Gabriel Heinze" [Cristian 'Cebolla' Rodríguez received four-match ban for assaulting Gabriel Heinze] (in Spanish). Fútbol en la Red. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Cristian Rodríguez no iría al Mundial" [Cristian Rodríguez would miss World Cup] (in Spanish). ESPN Soccernet. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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