Gonzalo Rodríguez (Argentine footballer)
Rodríguez with Fiorentina in 2015
|Full name||Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez Prado|
|Date of birth||10 April 1984|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2015
Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez Prado (American Spanish: [ɡonˈsalo roˈðɾiɣes]; born 10 April 1984), sometimes known as simply Gonzalo, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a central defender for San Lorenzo de Almagro.
After starting out at San Lorenzo, he spent most of his career with Villarreal, appearing in 253 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons (nine goals). He also played five years in the Italian Serie A, with Fiorentina.
In July 2004, Rodríguez joined Spain's Villarreal CF, being an undisputed starter in his first two seasons and renewing his link for a further five years. However, after the surprise elimination from the UEFA Intertoto Cup at the hands of NK Maribor, in which he was sent off, and a mere month into the league season, he suffered a serious injury, tearing the cruciate ligament in his right knee; after returning to activity in April 2007, he suffered the same injury two months later.
Rodríguez returned to good form in the 2008–09 campaign, often partnering Uruguayan Diego Godín and appearing in 48 La Liga games in two seasons combined, with Villarreal always qualifying to the UEFA Europa League, finishing fifth and seventh respectively. On 7 April 2011, in the Europa League's quarter-finals against FC Twente, he broke his fibula after a tough challenge by Marc Janko, being rushed to hospital in an ambulance and lost for the remainder of the season.
In early August 2012, following Villarreal's relegation, Gonzalo joined Italian side ACF Fiorentina along with teammate Borja Valero. He scored six Serie A goals from 35 appearances in his first year, helping to a final fourth place and the subsequent qualification to the Europa League.
In 2015–16, Rodríguez was named new team captain by new manager Paulo Sousa. He made his 200th competitive appearance for the club on 9 April 2017, and marked the occasion with his 25th goal in a 2–2 away draw against U.C. Sampdoria.
- As of 28 May 2017
- As of 6 September 2015
- Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
|1.||3 February 2003||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Mexico||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- Fiorentina All-time XI
- Villarreal refresh Rodríguez contract; UEFA.com, 27 January 2006
- Maribor soar as Villarreal crash out; UEFA.com, 22 July 2006
- Grim news for Gonzalo at Villarreal; UEFA.com, 14 June 2007
- "La pareja de moda" [Hip duo]. El Periódico Mediterráneo (in Spanish). 5 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Old Trafford doctora a la pareja Gonzalo-Godín" [Gonzalo-Godín duo get PhD at Old Trafford]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 19 September 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Godín vuelve a tiempo" [Godín returns on time]. El País (in Spanish). 6 July 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- EL: Villarreal punishes FC Twente; Benfica beats PSV; Sports Illustrated, 7 April 2011
- Borja Valero, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Aquilani to Fiorentina; ACF Fiorentina, 4 July 2012
- Fiorentina, Rodriguez ci crede: "Il sogno di vincere lo Scudetto adesso è concreto" (Fiorentina, Rodriguez a believer: "The dream of winning the Scudetto is now real); Goal.com, 1 January 2016 (in Italian)
- Campanale, Susan (10 April 2017). "Serie A Week 31: Did You Know?". Football Italia. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- "G. Rodríguez". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- Matteo Magrini (23 August 2016). "Festa al Franchi, presenti e assenti. No eccellenti da Rui Costa, Baggio e Batistuta" [Party at the Franchi, present and absentees. Excellent players, from Rui Costa, to Baggio and Batistuta, decline] (in Italian). Fiorentina.it. Retrieved 24 August 2016.