Jesé playing for Spain U19 in 2012
|Full name||Jesé Rodríguez Ruiz|
|Date of birth||26 February 1993|
|Place of birth||Las Palmas, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||Real Madrid|
|2003–2005||El Pilar FC|
|2011–2013||Real Madrid B||80||(32)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:40, 14 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Jesé was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, and joined Real Madrid's youth system in 2007, aged 14. Still a junior, on 16 January 2011, he made his senior debut with the reserves in Segunda División B, in a 5–0 home win against Universidad de Las Palmas CF.
After a successful 2010–11 season with Real Madrid's Juvenil A team that saw him score 17 goals, Jesé was promoted to the reserve team.
In July 2011, Jesé was called up by first-team manager José Mourinho for the pre-season tour. He made his unofficial debut with the main squad in a friendly against Los Angeles Galaxy on the 17th, coming on in the 64th minute for José Callejón.
Jesé scored his first official goal for Castilla on 2 October 2011 against La Roda, following an assist by Álvaro Morata, in an eventual 2–4 away loss. On 6 December, he was called by Mourinho for an away UEFA Champions League fixture against Ajax, but eventually did not leave the bench in the 3–0 group stage win; however, just six days later, he was once again included in the list (17 players) for the game against Ponferradina for the first round of the Copa del Rey, and replaced Cristiano Ronaldo for the final 15 minutes of a 2–0 away triumph.
On 24 March 2012, Jesé made his first La Liga appearance again coming on for Ronaldo, for the last ten minutes of a 5–1 home win over Real Sociedad. In late October 2012, Mourinho said critically that he was being used at Castilla in a position that did not exist in the main squad. Two months later Ginés Carvajal, his agent, said that they would need to study options for the player's future if he was not permanently promoted to the first team the following year, with the guarantee he would receive significant playing time; in February 2013 Jesé stated he was confident he was doing well enough to be granted an opportunity, with B-side coach Alberto Toril later coming out in his defense, saying that he should learn to control his emotions.
In May 2013, Madrid president Florentino Pérez stated that sporting director Zinedine Zidane did not think that Jesé had to leave on loan. On 2 June, he scored a solo goal in a 4–0 home win against Alcorcón – with that goal, he broke the record for most goals in a single season at Castilla, set by Emilio Butragueño in 1983–84 with 21– which brought him praise from several quadrants, and he later stated he wanted to remain at the club, which was backed by coach Toril.
While at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Jesé admitted that he could be on the move from Real Madrid after seeing first-team opportunities restricted. The club's technical director, Miguel Pardeza, clarified on 13 July that the player would remain at the club, and he extended his contract for a further four seasons late in the same month.
On 2 October 2013, Jesé made his UEFA Champions League debut, coming on as an 81st-minute substitute in a 4–0 home victory over Copenhagen for the group stage. He scored his first competitive goal for Real Madrid in his first El Clásico appearance on the 26th, netting from a Ronaldo assist following an injury-time counter-attack in a 1–2 loss at Barcelona. On 23 November 2013, Jesé came on as a second-half substitute against Almería and contributed with his first two assists for the first team, in a 5–0 away win.
Jesé moved through the Spanish international youth setup, representing all sides between the under-16s and the under-21s. He made his debut with the former in 2009 and, with the under-17 side, he reached the final in the 2010 UEFA European Football Championship.
In the 2012 European Under-19 Championship held in Estonia, Jesé scored four goals only in the group stage, including an hat-trick in a 3–3 draw against Portugal on 6 July. He netted his fifth in the final against Greece (1–0), and went on to be the top scorer of the tournament.
Jesé scored five goals for the Spanish under-20 team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, in an eventual quarterfinal exit, and received the Bronze Shoe for the third best scorer of the tournament.
- Real Madrid
- Real Madrid Castilla
- Spain U-17
- Spain U-19
|Real Madrid Castilla||2010–11||3||0||1||—||—||3||0||1|
Style of play
Jesé can play from a midfield position (behind the striker) to a winger position on either side of the field often cutting inside, as well as a centre-forward. He is known for his skills and ability to shoot with both feet, as well as his pace; he possesses a similar playing style to his idol Cristiano Ronaldo, loving to have the ball at his feet and taking on defenders.
Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner Zidane declared himself an admirer of his direct football style, skill and goalscoring ability. Jesé himself is keen to improve his game under the former France star, the assistant coach of the Real Madrid first-team, stating "I want to learn everything I can from Zidane, both as a player and as a person."
- "World football's 25 future stars we can't wait to see hit the mainstream". Bleacher Report. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- El Cristiano de Valdebebas (The 'Cristiano' of Valdebebas); Marca, 3 December 2010 (Spanish)
- Jesé Rodríguez, la perla del Madrid (Jesé Rodríguez, Madrid's pearl); Canarias7, 28 December 2010 (Spanish)
- Jesé debuta en el Castilla con un detalle a lo Ronaldo (Jesé makes debut with Castilla with Ronaldo-like detail); Marca, 16 January 2011 (Spanish)
- "El Madrid ata a Jesé Rodríguez" [Madrid ties Jesé Rodríguez] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- LA Galaxy 1–4 Real Madrid; Real Madrid's official website, 17 July 2011
- Mourinho convoca a 19 jugadores para el partido ante el Ajax (Mourinho calls 19 players for game against Ajax); Real Madrid's official website, 6 December 2011 (Spanish)
- Mourinho calls 17 men for duty against Ponferradina; Real Madrid's official website, 12 December 2011
- Jesé, un sueño cumplido (Jesé, fulfilled dream); Marca, 13 December 2011 (Spanish)
- Real return to winning ways; ESPN Soccernet, 24 March 2012
- "Jose Mourinho questions Real Madrid's youth system". ESPN FC. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- "Jesé wants Mou to give him a chance". Marca. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- "Jesé: "I don't understand why they don't give me an opportunity"". Marca. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "Lack of Real chances may force Jese exit". ESPN FC. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- "Alberto Toril: "Jesé must learn to keep his mouth shut"". Diario AS. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Jesé's back-up". Marca. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Florentino Perez: 'Zidane will lead the next Real Madrid project’". Real Madrid News. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Jesé puts trust in Zidane to let him stay". Marca. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Jesé: "Superar los 21 goles de un mito como Butragueño es muy grande"" [Jesé: "To surpass the 21 goals of a legend like Butragueño is a big thing"] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- "Jesé: the Galáctico on Real's doorstep". Marca. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "Jesé y su golazo, una rúbrica perfecta" [Jesé and his wondergoal, perfect icing] (in Spanish). Defensa Central. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "Jesé: "I hope to stay at Real Madrid"". Marca. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Jese flattered by Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons". Goal.com. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Toril backs Jesé's leap to first team". Marca. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "Jese Rodriguez tipped for the top". ESPN FC. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Jese Rodriguez hints at Madrid exit". Goal.com. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Real Madrid rule out Jese departure". Sky Sports. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Official announcement". Real Madrid's official website. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- Ronaldo leads Real recovery; ESPN FC, 2 October 2013
- Jesé: “We’ve played a great game and we’re going away happy”; Real Madrid's official website, 2 October 2013
- "Alexis chips seals Clasico win". ESPN FC. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
- Ronaldo injured in Real rout; ESPN FC, 23 November 2013
- "Jesé Rodríguez y Alfonso Herrero, convocados con la Sub-17 de España" [Jesé Rodríguez and Alfonso Herrero, calledup by Spain under-17] (in Spanish). Real Madrid's official website. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "´Mi gran sueño, debutar en el Bernabéu´" [´My biggest dream, play my first game at the Bernabéu´] (in Spanish). La Provincia. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- João Mário steals Spain's thunder; UEFA.com, 6 July 2012
- More joy for Spain's Jesé with U19 scoring honour; UEFA.com, 15 July 2012
- "Jesé scaling heights of Maradona and Messi at under-20 World Cup" (in Spanish). Diario AS. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Jesé Rodríguez". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- Jesé at ESPN FC
- "Jesé Rodríguez – Performance data". Transfermarkt. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "'New Cristiano Ronaldo' enjoying comparisons". Give Me Sport. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- La Liga: Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez pens new four-year deal; Sky Sports, 24 July 2013
- "Tottenham should sign Jese Rodriguez". Give Me Sport. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Real Madrid must keep Jese Rodriguez". Give Me Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Zidane backs Jesé for first team" (in Spanish). Marca. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Jese eager to learn from Zidane; Goal.com, 1 August 2013