Rodríguez before a game for Villarreal
||Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez
|Date of birth
10 April 1984 |
|Place of birth
||Buenos Aires, Argentina
||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez,(Spanish pronunciation: [ɡonˈθalo roˈðɾiɣeθ]; born 10 April 1984), is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for ACF Fiorentina in Serie A, as a central defender.
Born in Buenos Aires, Gonzalo started his professional career at Argentine first division's Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro in 2002.
At age 20 he had already represented Argentina, previously having appeared at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship with the under-20s.
In July 2004 Rodríguez joined Spain's Villarreal CF, being an undisputed starter in his first two seasons and renewing his link for a further five years. However, after the surprise UEFA Intertoto Cup elimination at the hands of NK Maribor, in which he was sent off, and a mere month into the league season, he suffered a serious injury, tearing the cruciate ligament in his right knee; after returning to activity in April 2007, he suffered the same injury two months later.
In the 2008–09 campaign Rodríguez returned to good form, often partnering with Uruguayan Diego Godín and appearing in 48 La Liga games in two seasons combined, with Villarreal always qualifying to the UEFA Europa League, finishing fifth and seventh respectively. On 7 April 2011, in the Europa League's quarterfinals against FC Twente, he broke his fibula after a tough challenge by Marc Janko, being rushed to hospital in an ambulance and lost for the remainder of the season.
In early August 2012, following Villarreal's relegation, Gonzalo joined Italian club ACF Fiorentina, along with teammate Borja Valero.