Rodrigo José Lima dos Santos
|Full name||Rodrigo José Lima Santos|
|Date of birth||11 August 1983|
|Place of birth||Monte Alegre, Brazil|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2007||→ Paraná (loan)||17||(1)|
|2008||→ Juventus-SP (loan)||0||(0)|
|2008||→ Santos (loan)||21||(0)|
|2009||→ Avaí (loan)||8||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
In the 2009 summer, after failing to sign with Ukrainian side FC Metalist Kharkiv, Lima moved to Portugal with C.F. Os Belenenses, scoring regularly for the Lisbon outfit but also suffering top flight relegation.
Afterwards, Lima joined another team in the country, Sporting de Braga (which was filled with several of his compatriots), signing a three-year contract. On 24 August 2010, after coming on as a substitute, he netted a hat-trick against Sevilla FC in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, in a 4–3 away win (5–3 on aggregate).
Lima finished the 2011–12 season with 20 league goals (26 overall), as the Minho club finished third and returned to the Champions League. Highlights included three against Gil Vicente FC (3–0 away win), braces against F.C. Paços de Ferreira (5–2, home) and Vitória de Setúbal (3–0 at home), and a penalty kick equalizer against S.L. Benfica (1–1, home); he also scored two against eventual champions F.C. Porto, but in a sterile 2–3 defeat in Porto.
On 31 August 2012, the very last day of the summer transfer window, Lima signed a four-year contract with Benfica, in a deal that saw Michel move in the opposite direction. He wasted no time on making an impact, also taking longtime incumbent Óscar Cardozo's striker's starting place, and found the net in his first two official games: one goal against Académica de Coimbra in a 2–2 away draw, and two in a 2–1 win over Paços de Ferreira (also away); he added a third in the Champions League 1–2 group stage loss at FC Spartak Moscow.
On 26 January 2013 Lima scored his eighth league goal of the season, helping to a 2–1 win at former side Braga. On 30 March he netted his first hat-trick in the Portuguese League, helping to a 6–1 home demolition of Rio Ave FC.
- Pará State League: 2005
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2010–11, 2012–13
- Portuguese Cup: Runner-up 2012–13
- As of 4 December 2013
- Metalist, acquistato l'attaccante brasiliano Lima (Metalist, signs Brazilian forward Lima); Ita Sport Press, 21 July 2009 (Italian)
- "Braga beat Sevilla in Spain to reach Champions League group stage". The Guardian. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
- "Braga 1–1 Benfica". PortuGOAL. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Unstoppable Hulk puts Porto back on top". PortuGOAL. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Benfica buy Braga's Lima". UEFA.com. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Lima no Benfica e Michel no Braga" [Lima in Benfica and Michel in Braga] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- "Benfica drop two points in Coimbra". PortuGOAL. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Lima brace gives Benfica victory". PortuGOAL. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Spartak profit from Jardel misfortune". UEFA.com. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Braga 1–2 Benfica". PortuGOAL. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- "Benfica goleia Rio Ave (6–1)" [Benfica routs Rio Ave (6–1)] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- UEFA.com stats