|Full name||Rodrigo Izecson dos Santos Leite|
|Date of birth||14 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Brasília, DF, Brazil|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2004–2005||→ Milan (loan)|
|2005–2007||→ Rimini (loan)||23||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Standard Liège (loan)||1||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Lecce (loan)||2||(0)|
|2010||→ Crotone (loan)||0||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Penafiel (loan)||11||(0)|
|2012–2013||New York Red Bulls||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rodrigo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Portuguese pronunciation: [dʒiˈɡɐ̃w]; born 14 October 1985), commonly known as Digão, is a Brazilian professional footballer who last played for the New York Red Bulls as a central defender.
After signing with A.C. Milan at the age of 19, he spent several years on loans with various teams, mainly in Italy.
Born in Brasília, Digão joined A.C. Milan from São Paulo FC in the summer of 2004, loaned by another club in Italy, U.C. Sampdoria until the summer of 2005. He went on to spend the following two seasons on loan to Rimini Calcio.
Returning to Milan in the summer of 2007, Digão made his debut for the club in a friendly match against FC Dynamo Kyiv on 6 September, in which he received a yellow card. His first competitive appearance came on 20 December 2007 in Milan's 1–2 home defeat against Calcio Catania in the first leg of the Italian Cup's round-of-16. He eventually made his Serie A debut on 1 March 2008 in a 1–1 home draw against S.S. Lazio, coming on as a half-time substitute for Marek Jankulovski, in his only appearance of the season.
On 13 August 2008, Belgium's Standard Liège secured Digão's services on a one-year loan. He only appeared in a single first division match for the club, coming on as a late substitute in the side's 3–1 win at home against K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot on 5 April 2009, and returned to Milan at the end of the season.
On 11 July 2009, Digão was handed a one-week trial with newly promoted Bundesliga side SC Freiburg, joining the team in the pre-season training camp in Schruns, Austria and playing 30 minutes in a friendly with Slavia Prague, as a substitute. On 22 July, however, the German club decided not to sign the player, presumably because of his lack of playing time in competitive games over the last two seasons.
On 31 August 2009, Digão joined Serie B team U.S. Lecce on loan for the 2009–10 season. However, on 1 February 2010, he was called back due to lack of playing time, and subsequently sent on another loan spell to F.C. Crotone for the remainder of the campaign.
In 2010–11 another loan ensued, with Digão moving to F.C. Penafiel in the Portuguese second division. He left the club after appearing in only one third of the league's matches, and was also released by Milan.
In September 2012, it was reported that Digão was training with the New York Red Bulls of the Major League Soccer. After a week-long trial, he impressed head coach Hans Backe with his physical prowess and ability to play technically out of the backline, and earned a contract. However, on July 19, 2013 it was announced that Digão had cancelled his contract with the Red Bulls by mutual agreement.
Digão's older brother, Kaká, is also a footballer. An attacking midfielder, he also played for São Paulo and Milan, also spending several seasons in Spain with Real Madrid. A Brazilian international on nearly 90 occasions, he helped the national team win the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Digão was responsible for his sibling's nickname: being unable to pronounce 'Ricardo' properly as a child, he used to call his older brother 'Kaká' instead.
- Web Archive of Lega Calcio transfer list
- Web Archive of Lega Calcio transfer list
- "Royal Standard de Liège: Nouvelles – Digao" [Royal Standard de Liège: News – Digao] (online) (in French). Standard Liège. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
- SC Freiburg will Kakás Bruder Digao verpflichten (SC Freiburg wants to acquire Kaká's brother); Transfermarkt (German)
- Remis gegen Slavia Prag; Freiburg's official website (Italian)
- Freiburg entscheidet sich gegen Digão-Transfer (Freiburg decides against Digão transfer); Transfermarkt (German)
- Salvatore Landolina (1 February 2010). "Official: Kaka's brother Digao leaves Milan to join Serie B side Crotone on loan". Goal.com. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Jorge Franclim (6 July 2010). "Irmão de Kaká (Real Madrid) emprestado ao Penafiel" [Kaká's brother (Real Madrid) loaned to Penafiel] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- Kristian R Dyer (15 September 2012). "Kaká's brother (Real Madrid) signes for New York Red Bulls". Big Apple Soccer. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Red Bulls Reach Mutual Agreement to Cancel Contract for Defender Digão". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- Guilherme Aquino (28 September 2004). "Digão, o irmão de Kaká, também quer brilhar no Milan" [Digão, Kaká's brother, also wants to shine with Milan] (in Portuguese). BBC Brasil. Retrieved 17 February 2009.