Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez
Rodríguez before a game for Villarreal
|Full name||Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez Prado|
|Date of birth||10 April 1984|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez Prado (American Spanish: [ɡonˈsalo roˈðɾiɣes]; born 10 April 1984), sometimes known as simply Gonzalo, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Italian club ACF Fiorentina as a central defender.
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.
- Villarreal refresh Rodríguez contract; UEFA.com, 27 January 2006
- Maribor soar as Villarreal crash out; UEFA.com, 22 July 2006
- Grim news for Gonzalo at Villarreal; UEFA.com, 14 June 2007
- EL: Villarreal punishes FC Twente; Benfica beats PSV; Sports Illustrated, 7 April 2011
- Borja Valero, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Aquilani to Fiorentina; Fiorentina's official website, 4 July 2012
- Fiorentina official profile
- Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Gonzalo Rodríguez at National-Football-Teams.com
- Gonzalo Rodríguez – FIFA competition record
- Soccerway profile
- Guardian Stats Centre