|Full name||Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti|
|Date of birth||30 September 1985|
|Place of birth||Juan Lacaze, Uruguay|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Benfica (loan)||24||(6)|
|2015||→ Parma (loan)||5||(0)|
|2015||→ Grêmio (loan)||0||(0)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkɾistjan roˈðɾiɣes]; born 30 September 1985) is a Uruguayan former footballer who played as a left winger.
Having received the nickname Cebolla (onion) from his Peñarol days, from his father, he was well known for his speed and technical ability. He spent several seasons in Portugal with Benfica and Porto, and also competed professionally in France, Spain, Italy, Brazil and Argentina.
Rodríguez earned 110 caps for Uruguay, representing the country in two World Cups and four Copa América tournaments and winning the 2011 edition of the latter.
Peñarol and PSG
Born in Juan Lacaze, Rodríguez started playing professionally, still a youngster, for local Peñarol in the Uruguayan Primera División, where he helped the side to the 2003 title. After an injury ruled him out for some games in late 2004, he was spotted by television cameras jumping in the stands alongside the supporters, but he eventually escaped a fine or suspension.
In 2005, Rodríguez was transferred to French club Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on a free transfer, along with Carlos Bueno. After appearing scarcely in his first season in Ligue 1, he was important in helping the capital team barely avoid relegation, scoring his only goal in a 4–2 home win against AS Monaco FC.
In late August 2007, Rodríguez moved to Portugal's S.L. Benfica in a season-long loan, together with compatriot Maxi Pereira who arrived from Defensor Sporting. After being one of their most important players through 2007–08, he was bought by fellow Primeira Liga club FC Porto in June 2008 (but part of the transfer fee was paid to Play International B.V.). During the two teams' match in Lisbon, on 30 August 2008, he was subjected to vitriolic abuse from the stands in a 1–1 final draw. He eventually settled nonetheless, forming an attacking trio with Argentine Lisandro López and Brazilian Hulk and also scoring occasionally through unsuspecting headers.
After Silvestre Varela was bought by Porto in the 2009 off-season, Rodríguez was relegated to a substitute role. He still made 32 competitive appearances in the 2010–11 campaign (two goals, including one in 11 matches in a victorious run in the UEFA Europa League).
On 17 February 2014, Rodríguez was condemned to pay a €45,000 fine for assaulting two stewards at the Estádio da Luz, following a tunnel brawl during the 0–1 away league loss against Benfica on 20 December 2009.
On 28 May 2012, Rodríguez signed a four-year contract with Atlético Madrid after being released by Porto. He scored his first two goals for his new team in the Europa League group stage, against Hapoel Tel Aviv FC (3–0 away victory) and FC Viktoria Plzeň (home); in the latter, he netted the game's only goal through a thunderous left-foot shot in the 93rd minute.
On 20 January 2015, Rodríguez joined Parma F.C. until the end of the season. Less than two months later, however, due to the Italian club's precarious financial situation, he joined Brazil's Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense also on loan.
Rodríguez left Grêmio on 8 May 2015, after struggling with injuries and totalling less than 80 minutes of action.
On 24 July 2015, Rodríguez agreed to a two-year deal at Club Atlético Independiente as a free agent. After suffering from several injury problems, his contract was terminated on 19 December 2016.
Return to Uruguay
On 3 February 2017, Rodríguez announced his return to Peñarol. He went on to win the 2017 and 2018 national championships as well as the 2018 Supercopa Uruguaya, ending his second stint in April 2021 with 126 appearances and 39 goals in all competitions.
Rodríguez joined Club Plaza Colonia de Deportes on 20 April 2021. On 17 January 2023, he announced his retirement at the age of 37.
Rodríguez made his Uruguay national team debut at age 18 in a friendly against Mexico, and represented the nation in two Copa América tournaments, scoring in the 2007 edition in a 4–1 quarter-final win over Venezuela, the hosts. After assaulting Argentina's Gabriel Heinze during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage (0–1 home loss) he received a four-match ban, and coach Oscar Tabárez opted to not select him for the final stages in South Africa.
Rodríguez was included in the 2015 Copa América squad, scoring the only goal in the tournament opener against Jamaica in Antofagasta. The 32-year-old was also selected for the 2018 World Cup.
|Paris Saint-Germain||2005–06||Ligue 1||11||0||4||1||—||0||0||15||1|
|Benfica (loan)||2007–08||Primeira Liga||24||6||4||1||8||0||0||0||36||7|
|Atlético Madrid||2012–13||La Liga||33||1||8||0||6||2||1||0||48||3|
|Parma (loan)||2014–15||Serie A||5||0||1||0||—||—||6||0|
|Grêmio (loan)||2015||Série A||0||0||0||0||—||2||0||2||0|
|Plaza Colonia||2021||Primera División||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Primeira Liga: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Taça de Portugal: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2010
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup runner-up: 2011
- La Liga: 2013–14
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: 2014; Runner-up 2013
- UEFA Super Cup: 2012
- ^ a b c "C. Rodríguez" (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 32. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ "Cristian Rodríguez: Con el escudo tatuado en la piel" [Cristian Rodríguez: Shield tattooed on skin]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 June 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
- ^ Rodríguez ready for bigger stage; BBC Sport, 10 January 2005
- ^ The unilateral extension option through the eyes of FIFA DRC and CAS; at Sports Law
- ^ PSG go for Uruguayans; UEFA, 20 July 2005
- ^ "PSG-Monaco, princes super géants" [PSG-Monaco, super giant princes] (in French). Maxifoot. 10 February 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- ^ Mantorras out for three months; BBC Sport, 27 August 2007
- ^ Porto pick up Rodríguez; UEFA, 22 June 2008
- ^ Cristian Rodríguez "defects" from Benfica to FC Porto Archived 20 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine; PortuGOAL, 23 June 2008
- ^ Page.80-81: Trade Payables "FC Porto consolidated financial accounts and report on 30 June 2010" (PDF). FC Porto. 12 January 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- ^ "Rodríguez não esquece cebolas podres na Luz" [Rodríguez does not forget rotten onions at the Luz]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 12 April 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- ^ "Motor de explosão" [Explosive engine]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 December 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "Porto arranca empate graças a Lisandro" [Porto snatch draw thanks to Lisandro]. Extra (in Portuguese). 24 February 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- ^ "Hulk, Cebola e Falcão: trio de sonho?" [Hulk, Cebola and Falcão: dream trio?] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "Exibição morna chega para bater Académica" [Dull display enough to beat Académica]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 2 December 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "E. Amadora-F.C. Porto, 2–4 (destaques)" [E. Amadora-F.C. Porto, 2–4 (highlights)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 17 December 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "Belenenses-FC Porto, 1–3 (Saulo 35'; Hulk 21', Rodríguez 24', Lucho 87')". Record (in Portuguese). 1 February 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "F. C. Porto: Cebola para o ataque" [F. C. Porto: Cebola for the offence]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 18 November 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "Ataque de pânico" [Panic attack]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 January 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "O percurso do FC Porto até à final" [FC Porto road to the final]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 16 May 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- ^ "Futebolistas do FC Porto condenados no caso do túnel da Luz" [FC Porto footballers condemned in tunnel of Luz case]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 17 February 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "FC Porto: jogadores condenados no caso do "túnel da Luz"" [FC Porto: players condemned in the "tunnel of Luz" case] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 17 February 2014. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- ^ "Túnel da Luz. Futebolistas condenados a indemnizar "stewards"" [Tunnel of Luz. Footballers condemned to compensate stewards]. i (in Portuguese). 17 February 2014. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- ^ Acuerdo con Cristian Rodríguez por cuatro temporadas (Agreement with Cristian Rodríguez for four seasons) Archived 21 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine; Atlético Madrid, 28 May 2012 (in Spanish)
- ^ Cristian Rodriguez moves to Atletico Madrid Archived 30 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine; Footballcracy, 29 May 2012
- ^ Atlético up and running with win at Hapoel; UEFA, 20 September 2012
- ^ Rodríguez rocket extends Atlético's winning streak; UEFA, 4 October 2012
- ^ Acuerdo con el Parma para la cesión de Cristian Rodríguez (Agreement with Parma for the loan of Cristian Rodríguez) Archived 23 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine; Atlético Madrid, 20 January 2015 (in Spanish)
- ^ Anche El Cebolla è un #crociatoperlasalvezza! Benvenuto a Cristian Rodriguez! (Even El Cebolla is a #crusaderforsurvival! Welcome to Cristian Rodriguez!)[Usurped!]; Parma FC, 20 January 2015 (in Italian)
- ^ "Garra charrua: Cristian Rodríguez chega amanhã a Porto Alegre" [Charrua spunk: Cristian Rodríguez arrives in Porto Alegre tomorrow] (in Portuguese). Grêmio FBPA. 9 March 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- ^ "Cebolla confirma saída do Grêmio e fala em "respeito ao clube e à torcida"" [Cebolla confirms departure of Grêmio and talks about "respect to the club and the supporters"] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- ^ "Cristian Rodríguez, nuevo jugador de Independiente" [Cristian Rodríguez, new Independiente player] (in Spanish). CA Independiente. 24 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- ^ "No va más" [The buck stops here] (in Spanish). Fútbol Uruguay. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
- ^ "Cebolla Rodríguez fue presentado en Peñarol" [Cebolla Rodríguez was presented at Peñarol] (in Spanish). Goal. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
- ^ "Peñarol 3–1 Nacional: resumen, goles y resultado" [Peñarol 3–1 Nacional: highlights, goals and score]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 26 January 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "Los números del "Cebolla" Rodríguez que demuestran que Peñarol lo precisa" [The numbers of "Cebolla" Rodríguez that show Peñarol need him] (in Spanish). Ovación Digital. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "Peñarol cerró el Uruguayo con el adiós del "Cebolla" Rodríguez y del "Lolo" Estoyanoff" [Peñarol closed the Uruguayo with "Cebolla" Rodríguez and "Lolo" Estoyanoff farewells] (in Spanish). Ovación Digital. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
- ^ "Plaza Colonia le puso la camiseta a Cebolla Rodríguez y lo presentó en sociedad" [Plaza Colonia put shirt on Cebolla Rodríguez and presented him officially]. El Observador (in Spanish). 20 April 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
- ^ "Cristian Rodriguez hangs up his boots aged 37". Be Soccer. 17 January 2023. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
- ^ "¿Otra vez a amargar al dueño de casa?" [Out to get hosts again?] (in Spanish). Ovación Digital. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
- ^ "Cristian 'Cebolla' Rodríguez fue suspendido cuatro partidos por agredir a Gabriel Heinze" [Cristian 'Cebolla' Rodríguez received four-match ban for assaulting Gabriel Heinze] (in Spanish). Fútbol en la Red. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- ^ "Cristian Rodríguez no iría al Mundial" [Cristian Rodríguez would miss World Cup] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- ^ "Uruguay confirm Copa América squad numbers as Rolán lands Suárez's No.9". Copa América Chile 2015. 5 June 2015. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- ^ "Uruguay 1–0 Jamaica". BBC Sport. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- ^ "Maxi Gómez y Stuani se cuelan en la lista de 23 de Uruguay" [Maxi Gómez and Stuani squeeze into Uruguay's list of 23]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- ^ a b "C. Rodríguez". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- ^ "Cristian Rodríguez". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- ^ a b "Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
- Cristian Rodríguez – French league stats at Ligue 1 – also available in French
- Cristian Rodríguez at L'Équipe Football (in French)
- Cristian Rodríguez at ForaDeJogo (archived)
- Cristian Rodríguez at BDFutbol
- Cristian Rodríguez at National-Football-Teams.com
- Cristian Rodríguez – FIFA competition record (archived)
- 1985 births
- Living people
- People from Juan Lacaze
- Uruguayan people of Spanish descent
- Uruguayan sportspeople of Italian descent
- Uruguayan footballers
- Association football wingers
- Uruguayan Primera División players
- Peñarol players
- Club Plaza Colonia de Deportes players
- Ligue 1 players
- Paris Saint-Germain F.C. players
- Primeira Liga players
- S.L. Benfica footballers
- FC Porto players
- La Liga players
- Atlético Madrid footballers
- Serie A players
- Parma Calcio 1913 players
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A players
- Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense players
- Argentine Primera División players
- Club Atlético Independiente footballers
- Uruguay youth international footballers
- Uruguay under-20 international footballers
- Uruguay international footballers
- 2004 Copa América players
- 2007 Copa América players
- 2011 Copa América players
- 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup players
- 2014 FIFA World Cup players
- 2015 Copa América players
- 2018 FIFA World Cup players
- Copa América-winning players
- FIFA Century Club
- Uruguayan expatriate footballers
- Expatriate footballers in France
- Expatriate footballers in Portugal
- Expatriate footballers in Spain
- Expatriate footballers in Italy
- Expatriate footballers in Brazil
- Expatriate footballers in Argentina
- Uruguayan expatriate sportspeople in France
- Uruguayan expatriate sportspeople in Portugal
- Uruguayan expatriate sportspeople in Spain
- Uruguayan expatriate sportspeople in Italy
- Uruguayan expatriate sportspeople in Brazil
- Uruguayan expatriate sportspeople in Argentina