Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Prado.
Gonzalo Rodríguez
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Rodríguez with Fiorentina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez Prado
Date of birth (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 San Lorenzo 57 (4)
2004–2012 Villarreal 184 (6)
2012– Fiorentina 144 (21)
National team
2003– Argentina 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 25 November 2016 (UTC).
‡ 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 Italian club ACF Fiorentina.

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).

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 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.[4]

Fiorentina[edit]

In early August 2012, following Villarreal's relegation, Gonzalo joined Italian club ACF Fiorentina, along with teammate Borja Valero.[5] 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.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 November 2016[7]
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 for Villarreal 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 11 0 0 0 4 0 15 0
Total for Fiorentina 144 21 12 0 29 3 185 24
Career Total 328 27 20 0 87 5 435 32

International[edit]

As of 6 September 2015[7]
Argentina
Year Apps Goals
2003 2 1
2004 1 0
2005 2 0
2006
2007
2008 1 0
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015 1 0
Total 7 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[7]
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[8]

References[edit]

External links[edit]