Rodrigo Moreno Machado
Rodrigo lining-up for Benfica
|Full name||Rodrigo Moreno Machado|
|Date of birth||6 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2009–2010||Real Madrid C||4||(1)|
|2009–2010||Real Madrid B||18||(5)|
|2010–2011||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||17||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:49, 1 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Rodrigo Moreno Machado (born 6 March 1991), simply known as Rodrigo, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for S.L. Benfica mainly as a striker. He is also the cousin of FC Bayern Munich player Thiago, Celta de Vigo player Rafinha and the nephew of Brazilian 1994 World Cup winner Mazinho.
Early years / Real Madrid
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.
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).
On 31 July 2010, Rodrigo signed a five-year contract with 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.
The following month Rodrigo joined Bolton Wanderers of the Premier League on a season-long loan, and he made his official debut in a League Cup game at Burnley on 21 September, starting in a 0–1 away loss.
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. On 5 January 2011, against the same opponent, he scored his only goal of the campaign, with the game ending with the same result.
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 the Reds won for the fourth year in a row (2–1). 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.
Rodrigo competed for Spain internationally, starting with the under-19, which he helped to the second position in the 2010 UEFA European Football 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 Spain U21's on 1 September 2011, scoring a hat-trick in Georgia for the 2013 European Championship qualifiers (7–2 win). 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 and his record from 1992.
|1.||1 September 2011||Givi Kiladze, Kutaisi, Georgia||Georgia||0–2||2–7||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|2.||1 September 2011||Givi Kiladze, Kutaisi, Georgia||Georgia||0–3||2–7||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|3.||1 September 2011||Givi Kiladze, Kutaisi, Georgia||Georgia||0–4||2–7||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|4.||6 October 2011||Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia||Croatia||0–2||0–2||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|5.||10 November 2011||Álvarez Claro, Melilla, Spain||Estonia||1–0||6–0||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|6.||10 November 2011||Álvarez Claro, Melilla, Spain||Estonia||2–0||6–0||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|7.||10 November 2011||Álvarez Claro, Melilla, Spain||Estonia||3–0||6–0||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|8.||11 October 2012||El Plantío, Burgos, Spain||Denmark||1–0||5–0||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|9.||11 October 2012||El Plantío, Burgos, Spain||Denmark||2–0||5–0||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|10.||11 October 2012||El Plantío, Burgos, Spain||Denmark||3–0||5–0||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|11.||11 October 2012||El Plantío, Burgos, Spain||Denmark||4–0||5–0||2013 Under-21 Euro qualification|
|12.||13 November 2012||Artemio Franchi, Siena, Italy||Italy||0–1||1–3||Friendly|
|13.||21 March 2013||Salto del Caballo, Toledo, Spain||Norway||3–1||5–2||Friendly|
|14.||25 March 2013||Santo Domingo, Alcorcón, Spain||Russia||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|15.||12 June 2013||Netanya, Netanya, Israel||Norway||1–0||3–0||2013 European U-21|
- Spain U21
- Spain U19
Fútbol Draft Awards: Best Spanish U-21 Striker (2012)
- As of 1 December 2013
|Real Madrid B||2009–10||18||5||—||—||—||18||5|
- 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)
- Rodrigo signs on at The Reebok; Bolton Wanderers FC, 31 August 2010
- "Bolton sign Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica on loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Elliott effort ensures Clarets win". ESPN Soccernet. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Elmander grabs point for Trotters". ESPN Soccernet. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Stam strike rescues Wigan". ESPN Soccernet. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Benfica win Taça da Liga". PortuGOAL. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Benfica annihilate Aves". PortuGOAL. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "2–7: España golea a Georgia y suma sus primeros puntos de cara al Europeo" [2–7: España routs Georgia and scores first points in European Championship] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "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.
- Histórico – Futbol Draft® 2012; Fútbol Draft (Spanish)
- Primos en el césped (Cousins on the pitch); Marca, 5 December 2012 (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Rodrigo career stats at Soccerbase
- Rodrigo – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile