Rojo playing for Argentina in 2011
|Full name||Faustino Marcos Alberto Rojo|
|Date of birth||20 March 1990|
|Place of birth||La Plata, Argentina|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
He began his career at local club Estudiantes de La Plata, where he won the Copa Libertadores in 2009 and played in the Club World Cup Final later that year. After a short spell with Spartak Moscow he joined Sporting CP in 2012, and transferred to Manchester United for £16 million two years later.
Rojo made his first appearance for Argentina at senior level in 2011 and has since earned over 25 caps. He was part of their side which reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, and was the only Argentine included in the Team of the Tournament.
In 2009, he got promotion to the club’s main team, after signing his first professional contract. He spent three years with the club, making 43 appearances and scoring three goals for the team. He played in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup Final, coming on for extra time as Estudiantes lost 2–1 to FC Barcelona in Dubai.
During his time at Estudiantes, Rojo won a Copa Libertadores and an Argentine Primera Division title. The defender spent most matches at left back and developed a reputation as a capable attacker, scoring his first goal in a 2–1 defeat against LDU Quito in the 2010 Recopa Sudamericana.
In July 2012, Rojo moved from Spartak Moscow to Sporting Lisbon for £3.5 million, signing a four-year contract. On 13 August 2014, it was announced that Rojo was being disciplined by his club over his refusal to train after handing in a transfer request to force through a move to Manchester United.
On 19 August 2014, an agreement to sell the player for €20 million (£16 million) was announced by both Sporting and Manchester United. The next day, United announced that they had signed Rojo on a five-year contract, with Nani moving to Sporting on a season-long loan. Rojo stated that it was a 'dream' come true to play with Manchester United. Rojo missed three matches for United due to difficulties in gaining a work permit, because of pending criminal charges in Argentina, where he is alleged to have had an altercation with a neighbour in 2010.
Since 2011, Rojo has become a representative of the Argentina national team, appearing regularly. He was first capped on 9 February 2011 in a friendly match against Portugal. He also played in 2011 Copa América and 2014 World Cup qualifying.
In June 2014, Rojo was named in Argentina's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his FIFA World Cup debut in Argentina's 2–1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Estádio do Maracanã, playing the full match in defence. In the team's third group match, Rojo scored his first international goal during a 3–2 victory against Nigeria. The country reached the final before losing to Germany, and Rojo was the only Argentinean named in the Castrol Index Top 11 for the tournament.
|1||25 June 2014||Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil||Nigeria||3–2||3–2||2014 FIFA World Cup|
- As of 18 August 2014
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Estudiantes LP||2008–09||Primera División||6||1||0||0||—||1[c]||0||—||7||1|
|Spartak Moscow||2010–11||Russian Premier League||0||0||2||1||—||5[g]||0||0||0||7||1|
|2011–12||Russian Premier League||8||0||1||0||—||1[g]||0||0||0||10||0|
|Sporting CP||2012–13||Primeira Liga||24||1||0||0||2||0||7[g]||0||—||33||1|
|Manchester United||2014–15||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||0||0|
- Argentina – Copa Argentina; Russia – Russian Cup; Portugal – Taça de Portugal; England – FA Cup
- Portugal – Taça da Liga; England – League Cup
- Appearance(s) in the Copa Libertadores.
- Five appearance in the Copa Libertadores, one appearance in the Copa Sudamericana.
- Appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup.
- Appearances in the Recopa Sudamericana.
- Appearance(s) in the UEFA Europa League.
- As of 18 August 2014
|Argentina national team|
- Estudiantes de La Plata
- Copa Libertadores: 2009
- Argentine Primera División: 2010 Apertura
- FIFA World Club Cup: Runner-up 2009
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™ - List of Players". FIFA. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- http://www.espnfc.com/player/129426/marcos-rojo, Marcos Rojo - Player Profile , ESPN FC
- "Estduiantes 1-2 Barcelona". FIFA. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Попов: с Рохо в России можно сравнить разве что Луковича". http://www.championat.com (in Russian). Championat. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- "Da venda de Marcos Rojo para o Man.Utd, 9M€ irão para a construção do nosso Pavilhão". twitter.com (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "COMUNICADO". cmvm.pt (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "#mufc has reached agreement with Sporting Lisbon to sign defender Marcos Rojo, subject to a medical and personal terms.". twitter.com. Manchester United F.C. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "Manchester United sign Marcos Rojo for £16m on five-year deal". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- Keegan, Mike (30 August 2014). "Marcos Rojo: Man United signing's debut held up by visa delay". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
- "Demichelis in Argentina squad as trio miss out". FIFA. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Argentina 2-1 Bos-Herce". BBC. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Nigeria 2-3 Argentina". BBC. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "World Cup 2014: Castrol Index Top 11". FIFA.com. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- Marcos Rojo profile at Soccerway
- Marcos Rojo at National-Football-Teams.com
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marcos Rojo.|
- Argentine Primera statistics at Fútbol XXI (Spanish)
- Zerozero (Portuguese)
- Marcos Rojo – FIFA competition record