Gonzalo Rodríguez (Argentine footballer)

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Gonzalo Rodríguez
Gonzalo Javier Rodriguez 2.jpg
Rodríguez with Fiorentina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez Prado
Date of birth (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
San Lorenzo
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 San Lorenzo 57 (4)
2004–2012 Villarreal 184 (6)
2012–2017 Fiorentina 159 (22)
2017– San Lorenzo 12 (0)
National team
2003– Argentina 7 (1)
* 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.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Gonzalo started playing with San Lorenzo de Almagro. He made his Primera División debut on 26 July 2002 at the age of only 18, against Rosario Central.

At age 20, Rodríguez had already represented Argentina, previously having appeared at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship with the under-20 team.

Villarreal[edit]

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.[1] However, after the surprise elimination from the UEFA Intertoto Cup at the hands of NK Maribor, in which he was sent off,[2] 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.[3]

Rodríguez returned to good form in the 2008–09 campaign, often partnering Uruguayan Diego Godín[4][5][6] 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.[7]

Fiorentina[edit]

In early August 2012, following Villarreal's relegation, Gonzalo joined Italian side ACF Fiorentina along with teammate Borja Valero.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 May 2017[11]
Club Season League Cup International Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Villarreal 2004–05 34 2 0 0 13 1 47 3
2005–06 29 0 0 0 11 0 40 0
2006–07 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
2007–08 18 0 0 0 2 0 20 0
2008–09 27 2 0 0 8 0 35 2
2009–10 21 0 2 0 7 0 30 0
2010–11 23 1 6 0 10 1 39 2
2011–12 26 1 0 0 5 0 31 1
Total 184 6 8 0 58 2 250 8
Fiorentina 2012–13 35 6 3 0 0 0 38 6
2013–14 33 4 5 0 10 2 48 6
2014–15 30 7 3 0 10 1 43 8
2015–16 35 4 1 0 5 0 41 4
2016–17 26 1 0 0 7 0 33 1
Total 159 22 12 0 32 3 203 25
Career Total 343 28 20 0 90 5 453 33

International[edit]

As of 6 September 2015[11]
Argentina
Year Apps Goals
2003 2 1
2004 1 0
2005 2 0
2008 1 0
2015 1 0
Total 7 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[11]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 February 2003 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Mexico 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Fiorentina All-time XI[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Villarreal refresh Rodríguez contract; UEFA.com, 27 January 2006
  2. ^ Maribor soar as Villarreal crash out; UEFA.com, 22 July 2006
  3. ^ Grim news for Gonzalo at Villarreal; UEFA.com, 14 June 2007
  4. ^ "La pareja de moda" [Hip duo]. El Periódico Mediterráneo (in Spanish). 5 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Godín vuelve a tiempo" [Godín returns on time]. El País (in Spanish). 6 July 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  7. ^ EL: Villarreal punishes FC Twente; Benfica beats PSV; Sports Illustrated, 7 April 2011
  8. ^ Borja Valero, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Aquilani to Fiorentina; ACF Fiorentina, 4 July 2012
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Campanale, Susan (10 April 2017). "Serie A Week 31: Did You Know?". Football Italia. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c "G. Rodríguez". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  12. ^ 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. 

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