Juan Pablo Rodríguez
|Full name||Juan Pablo Rodríguez Guerrero|
|Date of birth||August 7, 1979|
|Place of birth||Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder
(on loan from Atlas)
|2007–2014||Club Santos Laguna||292||(36)|
|2015–||→ Morelia (loan)||7||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2015.
Nicknamed "El Chato" or "Comandante", he is one of the many skilled soccer players to have come out of Club Atlas. He was part of the Atlas' famous 98' generation alongside Rafael Márquez and others who brightened the future for Mexico national squad. His dead ball especialty skills and great vision of the field won him the right to represent his country.
Rodriguez became captain of Club Atlas at the age of 21. His mature performances in central midfield during the 1999 Copa Libertadores provoked much interest on the part of the League's big teams. After playing and growing as a player in Atlas for six years, Rodriguez joined Tecos UAG.
At Chivas de Guadalajara, his performance was criticized by the media, who thought Rodríguez could only perform well without pressure, which led to transfer rumors, realized when he joined Santos, with bad reviews following him during the first part of the season, with his new team struggling to remain in Primera División. However, in 2007 Clausura he displayed good enough football to earn a starting place.
An international since 2003, Rodríguez has 36 caps for Mexico, with 2 goals. He was part of 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup where Mexico won. He was also present in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, with the national side finishing fourth, losing on |extra time]] against Germany. In december 2014 he returned to his first team, Club Atlas.
|1.||July 20, 2003||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Jamaica||5–0||5–0||2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
- Best Midfielder of the tournament: Invierno 1999
- Best Defensive Midfielder of the tournament: Apertura 2011
- Best Defensive Midfielder of the tournament: Clausura 2012
- Juan Pablo Rodríguez Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)