Rodrigo Moreno Machado

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Rodrigo
Rodrigo Moreno Machado.jpg
Rodrigo lining-up for Benfica in 2012
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Moreno Machado
Date of birth (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Valencia (on loan from Benfica)
Youth career
2002 Flamengo
2003–2005 Ureca
2005–2009 Celta
2009 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Real Madrid C 4 (1)
2009–2010 Real Madrid B 18 (5)
2010– Benfica 67 (27)
2010–2011 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 17 (1)
2014– Valencia (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Spain U19 11 (6)
2011 Spain U20 6 (3)
2011–2013 Spain U21 16 (15)
2012 Spain U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Moreno and the second or paternal family name is Machado.

Rodrigo Moreno Machado (born 6 March 1991), commonly known as Rodrigo, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF on loan from S.L. Benfica, as a striker.

He started his career with Real Madrid, appearing solely for its reserve teams. In 2010 he signed with Benfica with whom he won several titles, including the 2014 national championship.

Born in Brazil, Rodrigo represented Spain at youth level, and in 2013 he conquered the European Championship with the under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Real Madrid[edit]

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo moved to Spain in his early teens, settling in Galicia and starting playing organized football with Celta de Vigo. In 2009, aged 18, he moved to Real Madrid to complete his development.[1]

Only a few weeks after arriving, Rodrigo started playing as a senior with the C-team. Shortly after he was promoted to Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División B, making his debut with the latter on 29 November 2009 in a 4–3 away win against UD Lanzarote (29 minutes played).

Benfica[edit]

On 31 July 2010, Rodrigo signed a five-year contract with S.L. Benfica for approximately 6 million. Real Madrid had an option to re-buy the player for €12 million during the next two seasons; however, after Fábio Coentrão's transfer to the Spanish club, the teams agreed to cancel the buyback clause.[2]

The following month Rodrigo joined Bolton Wanderers of the Premier League on a season-long loan,[3][4] and he made his official debut in a League Cup game at Burnley on 21 September, starting in a 0–1 away loss.[5]

Rodrigo made his league debut for the Trotters on 23 October 2010, at Wigan Athletic, coming on as a substitute for Lee Chung-Yong midway through the second half of a 1–1 draw.[6] On 5 January 2011, against the same opponent, he scored his only goal of the campaign, with the game ending with the same result.[7]

Returning to Benfica for 2011–12, Rodrigo played in 38 official matches in his first year and scored 16 goals, including the opener in the season's domestic League Cup final against Gil Vicente FC, which his team won for the fourth year in a row (2–1).[8] On 2 January 2013 he combined with Óscar Cardozo for five goals in a 6–0 home routing of C.D. Aves for the campaign's Portuguese Cup.[9]

On 31 January 2014, Benfica sold 100% of Rodrigo's economic rights to a private company, Meriton Capital Limited, for €30 million, plus another potential €10 million on performance-related bonuses. He remained with the Reds until the end of the season.[10] On 10 April he scored both of his team's goals in a 2–0 home win against AZ Alkmaar for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League, which powered the hosts to the last-four stage 3–0 on aggregate.[11]

Rodrigo scored Benfica's first goal in a 2–0 final win over Rio Ave F.C. in the Portuguese League Cup, and was subsequently voted Man of the match as his team won the competition for the fifth time in seven years.[12] On 14 May he had his penalty shootout attempt saved by Sevilla FC's Beto, in an eventual Europa League final loss.[13][14]

Valencia[edit]

On 23 July 2014, Rodrigo signed for Spanish side Valencia on a season-long loan.

International career[edit]

Rodrigo competed for Spain internationally, starting with the under-19, which he helped to the second position in the 2010 UEFA European Championship by netting two goals, including one in the final against France. He then competed in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, helping the national team to the quarter-finals with his three goals.

Rodrigo made his debut for the Spanish U21s on 1 September 2011, scoring a hat-trick in Georgia for the 2013 European Championship qualifiers (7–2 win).[15] On 21 March 2013, in a friendly against Norway, he netted his 13th goal in the category to help to the 5–2 triumph in Toledo, thus becoming the highest goal scorer after surpassing Óscar García's record which had stood since 1992.[16]

Rodrigo was included in Spain's squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[17] appearing in two games in an eventual group stage exit in London.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica

Country[edit]

Spain U21
Spain U19

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 7 May 2014[22]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid B 2009–10 18 5 18 5
Total 18 5 18 5
Bolton Wanderers 2010–11 17 1 2 0 1 0 20 1
Total 17 1 2 0 1 0 20 1
Benfica 2011–12 22 9 3 2 4 4 9 1 38 16
2012–13 20 7 6 2 3 1 10 1 39 11
2013–14 25 11 4 2 3 1 8 4 40 18
Total 67 27 13 6 10 6 27 6 117 45
Career totals 102 33 15 6 11 6 27 6 155 51

Personal life[edit]

Rafa Alcântara and Thiago Alcântara, who were groomed at FC Barcelona and also represented Spain internationally, are Rodrigo's cousins.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Entrevista exclusiva Rodrigo: "Estaría encantado de volver al Real Madrid. ¿Quién no?" [Exclusive interview Rodrigo: "I'd be delighted to return to Real Madrid. Who wouldn't?]. Goal.com. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ El Real Madrid traspasa a Rodrigo al Benfica por seis millones de euros (Real Madrid sells Rodrigo to Benfica for six million euros); Marca, 31 July 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Rodrigo signs on at The Reebok; Bolton Wanderers FC, 31 August 2010
  4. ^ "Bolton sign Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica on loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Elliott effort ensures Clarets win". ESPN Soccernet. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Elmander grabs point for Trotters". ESPN Soccernet. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Stam strike rescues Wigan". ESPN Soccernet. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Benfica win Taça da Liga". PortuGOAL. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Benfica annihilate Aves". PortuGOAL. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Benfica cash in on Rodrigo, Andre Gomes". Soccer News. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rodrigo at the double to down AZ". ESPN FC. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Rodrigo eleito melhor em campo" [Rodrigo voted man of the match] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Gardner, Paul (15 May 2014). "Brazen goalkeeper cheating helps Sevilla win Europa League". SoccerAmerica. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "2–7: España golea a Georgia y suma sus primeros puntos de cara al Europeo" [2–7: Spain routs Georgia and scores first points for European Championship] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "5–2: Exhibición de Tello y goleada de España" [5–2: Tello show and Spain routing] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Euro 2012 trio Mata, Alba & Martinez in Spain Olympic squad". BBC Sport. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Guimarães claim famous cup win". PortuGOAL. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Ivanović heads Chelsea to Europa League glory". UEFA.com. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Chris Myson (19 June 2013). "Euro Under-21 Team of the Tournament: Thiago & Isco star as Spain dominate". Goal.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 Jun 2014. Retrieved 3 Jun 2014. 
  22. ^ "Rodrigo". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Primos en el césped (Cousins on the pitch); Marca, 5 December 2012 (Spanish)

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