Lenny Rodrigues

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Lenny Rodrigues
Personal information
Full name Lenny Rodrigues
Date of birth (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Cortalim, Goa, India
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Goa
Number 24
Youth career
Churchill Brothers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Churchill Brothers
2014–2016 Pune City 29 (1)
2015Dempo (loan) 18 (1)
2016Mohun Bagan (loan) 8 (1)
2017Bengaluru (loan) 14 (1)
2017–2018 Bengaluru 17 (1)
2018– Goa 11 (0)
National team
2012– India 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:21, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:28, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Lenny Rodrigues (born 10 May 1987) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Goa in the Indian Super League.


Early career[edit]

Born in Cortalim, Goa, began to develop a passion for football when his grandfather took him to watch local matches.[1] He began playing for Fransa-Pax before the club folded. Rodrigues then spent a year and a half with Salgaocar before turning down a professional contract with the club to join his boyhood club, Churchill Brothers.[1] While with Churchill Brothers, Rodrigues helped the club win the I-League twice, one Federation Cup, and one Durand Cup.[1] Also while with Churchill Brothers, Rodrigues made the transition from playing as a forward to playing as a defensive midfielder.[1]

Pune City[edit]

On 22 July 2014, Rodrigues was selected as the first ever pick in the 2014 ISL Inaugural Domestic Draft by Pune City.[2] He made his debut for the club in their first ever match against Delhi Dynamos on 14 October 2014. He started and played the whole match as it ended 0–0.[3]

Dempo and Mohun Bagan loans[edit]

Prior to the 2014–15 season, Rodrigues was loaned out to I-League side, Dempo.[4] He made his debut for the club on 17 January 2015 against Bengaluru. He started and played the whole match as it ended 0–0.[5] The next season, Rodrigues was loaned to Mohun Bagan.[4] He made his debut for the club in their AFC Cup match against Maziya. He started and played 84 minutes as Mohun Bagan won 5–2.[6]

Bengaluru loan[edit]

After the conclusion of the 2016 ISL season, Rodrigues was loaned out to another I-League side, Bengaluru, on 15 December 2016.[4] Rodrigues made his debut for the club on 7 January 2017 in their opening match against Shillong Lajong. Partnering with Cameron Watson, he started and played the whole match as Bengaluru won 3–0.[7] Rodrigues then scored his first goal for the club on 5 March 2017 against Minerva Punjab. His 17th minute striker was the only one in a 1–0 victory for Bengaluru.[8]


On 23 July 2017, Rodrigues was selected in the 8th round of the 2017–18 ISL Players Draft by Bengaluru for the 2017–18 Indian Super League season.[9] He then made his re-debut for the side on 23 August 2017 in their AFC Cup knockout match against April 25. He started the match and scored Bengaluru's third goal in a 3–0 victory before coming off in the 89th minute.[10]

On 20 April 2018, Rodrigues earned his only trophy for the club as a permanent player when he started for Bengaluru in their 4–1 victory over East Bengal in the Super Cup.[11]


On 20 March 2018 it was announced that Rodrigues would move to Goa for the 2018–19 season.[12] During the 2018-19 isl season lenny along with ahmed johau formed a solid midfielding partnership for fc goa. Lenny was one of the top five passers in the indian super league. He started all the league matches and super cup matches for fc Goa. He showed his potential of acting as a deep lying playmaker . He recorded the highest passing accuracy of nearly 85% among indians which is very good cosidering indian standard. His work rate in all matches throughout the season was imressive. He intercepted the ball, tackled, and forwarded the ball. Due to his impressive performance through out the season, he won the award of indian player of the season for fc goa. He is definitely a prized asset for fc goa


Rodrigues made his international debut for India on 23 February 2012 against Oman. He came on as a substitute as India lost 5–1.[13]

International stats[edit]

As of 17 March 2015[14]
India national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 7 0
2013 11 0
2014 2 0
2015 2 0
Total 22 0



Churchill Brothers[15]
Mohun Bagan[15]
FC Goa[16]




  1. ^ a b c d "Rodrigues makes presence felt". Indian Express. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ Ghoshal, Amoy (21 July 2014). "ISL domestic player draft: Mumbai and Kerala pick four India internationals each". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Delhi Dynamos 0-0 Pune City". Soccerway.
  4. ^ a b c "Bengaluru sign midfielder Lenny Rodrigues". ESPN. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Bengaluru 0-0 Dempo". Soccerway.
  6. ^ "Mohun Bagan 5-2 Maziya". Soccerway.
  7. ^ "Bengaluru 3-0 Shillong Lajong". Soccerway.
  8. ^ "Minerva Punjab 0-1 Bengaluru". Soccerway.
  9. ^ "ISL 2017 player draft, as it happened: ATK, Jamshedpur FC and Pune strike big". The Field. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Bengaluru 3-0 April 25". Soccerway.
  11. ^ "Super Cup 2018 Final Highlights: Bengaluru FC thrash East Bengal 4-1 to lift inaugural Super Cup trophy". Indian Express. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  12. ^ Lopes, Flavio (20 March 2018). "New signing Lenny hopes to win title with FC Goa next year". Times of India. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Oman 5-1 India". national-football-teams.
  14. ^ "Rodrigues, Lenny". National-Football-Teams.
  15. ^ a b c d "Lenny Rodrigues". Soccerway.
  16. ^ "FC Goa's long wait for a trophy ends". thehindu.com. Retrieved 14 April 2019.

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