Mario Rodríguez (Argentine footballer)
|Full name||Mario Rodríguez Varela|
|Date of birth||20 October 1937|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|–||Estrella del Plata|
|–||Ciclón de Villa Martelli|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mario Rodríguez Varela (born 20 October 1937 in Buenos Aires), is a former Argentine professional football player. Nicknamed Mariucho, he was the topscorer of the 1964 Copa Libertadores with 6 goals.
He was born in Palermo, Buenos Aires and grew in Barrio Norte; he played at youth level for Chacarita Juniors. He then made his professional debut in 1957, playing in the Argentine second level; during the 1960 season he debuted in Primera División Argentina for Chacarita Juniors: thanks to his goalscoring skills, good physical strength and he managed to become one of the best forwards of the Argentine league. In 1963 he and Raúl Savoy moved to Independiente: Rodríguez was one of the protagonists of the two wins in the 1964 and 1965 editions of the Copa Libertadores, scoring many goals. He then left Independiente for Vélez Sarsfield, but he struggled to obtain opportunities to play, and eventually decide to leave Argentina for Chile. He then signed for Colo-Colo, where he played 2 seasons, scoring a total of 28 goals in 52 games. He then moved back to Argentina in 1971.
Rodríguez played 10 international games for Argentina between 1962 and 1963. His first game was Argentina-Uruguay played on March 13, 1962. He scored 5 of his 6 goals during the 1963 South American Championship, and scored the sixth one on April 16, 1963 against Brazil.
- (Spanish) Rodríguez, Mario
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- (Spanish) BDFA profile