Rodríguez with Peñarol in 2018
|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)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 October 2020|
Having received the nickname Cebolla (onion) from his Peñarol days, from his father, he is well known for his speed and technical ability. He played several seasons in Portugal with Benfica and Porto, and also competed professionally in France, Spain, Italy, Brazil and Argentina.
Peñarol and PSG
Born in Juan Lacaze, Rodríguez started playing professionally, still a youngster, for local Peñarol in the Uruguayan first division, 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 club 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 side 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 at the new club nonetheless, forming an attacking trio with Argentine Lisandro López and Brazilian Hulk and also scoring some goals through unsuspecting headers.
After Silvestre Varela was bought by Porto in the 2009 off-season, Rodríguez was relegated to a substitute role. He still appeared in 32 official games in the 2010–11 season (two goals, including one in 11 matches in a victorious campaign 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 for Atlético Madrid for four seasons 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 win) 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 moved to 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 signed for Club Atlético Independiente for two seasons after being released by Atlético Madrid. After suffering from several injury problems, his contract was terminated on 19 December 2016.
Rodríguez made his Uruguay national team debut at age 18 in a friendly against Mexico, and went on to represent the nation in two Copa América tournaments, scoring in the 2007 edition in a 4–1 quarter-final win over Venezuela, the host. 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||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||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Grêmio (loan)||2015||Série A||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||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
- "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
- 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.
- "Porto arranca empate graças a Lisandro" [Porto snatch draw thanks to Lisandro]. Extra (in Portuguese). 24 February 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- "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 15 September 2014.
- "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. 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!) Archived 21 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine; 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. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
- "¿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.
- "C. Rodríguez". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Cristian Rodríguez". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
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