|Full name||Faustino Marcos Alberto Rojo|
|Date of birth||20 March 1990|
|Place of birth||La Plata, Argentina|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2020||→ Estudiantes LP (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:01, 18 February 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:14, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
Faustino Marcos Alberto Rojo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾkoz ˈroxo];[A] born 20 March 1990) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a defender for Manchester United, and the Argentina national team.
He began his career at local club Estudiantes de La Plata, where he won the Copa Libertadores in 2009, played in the FIFA Club World Cup Final later that year and won the Argentine Primera Division in 2010. After a short spell with Spartak Moscow he joined Sporting CP in 2012, and transferred to Manchester United for £16 million two years later. He won four trophies with the English club, including the FA Cup in 2015-16 and the FA Community Shield, EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League in 2016-17.
Rojo made his first appearance for Argentina at senior level in 2011 and has since earned over 60 caps. He was part of their side which reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, and was the only Argentine included in the Castrol Performance Index Team of the Tournament. He was also a Copa América runner-up in 2015 and 2016 and took part at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In 2009, he was promoted to the club's main team, after signing his first professional contract. He spent three years with the club, making 43 appearances and scoring three goals for the team. He played in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup Final, coming on for extra time as Estudiantes lost 2–1 to FC Barcelona in Dubai.
During his time at Estudiantes, Rojo won a Copa Libertadores and an Argentine Primera División title. The defender spent most matches at left back and developed a reputation as a capable attacker, scoring his first goal in a 2–1 defeat against LDU Quito in the 2010 Recopa Sudamericana.
In December 2010, Rojo signed a five-year contract with Spartak Moscow. He scored his only goal for Spartak on 20 April 2011, netting the opening goal of a 2–1 defeat of Krasnodar in the quarter-finals of the Russian Cup.
In July 2012, Rojo moved from Spartak Moscow to Sporting CP for £3.5 million, signing a four-year contract. Rojo made his Primeira Liga debut for Sporting on 19 August 2012, playing the entire match and receiving a yellow card in a 0–0 draw with Vitória de Guimarães. He received his first red card for Sporting in a league match against Porto on 7 October 2012, picking up two cautions within three minutes as Sporting fell to a 2–0 defeat. He scored his first goal for Sporting on 28 April 2013, netting the winner against Nacional. Rojo played mostly at centre-back in his first season in Portugal, occasionally at left-back, as the team had a comparatively bad season, finishing seventh in the league.
In the second league match of the 2013–14 season, Rojo scored his first goal of the season, netting Sporting's second goal in their 4–0 win over Académica de Coimbra. On 19 April 2014, Rojo was sent off in a Primeira Liga match against Belenenses, but Sporting held on for a 1–0 win. In an improved season, he contributed six goals as Sporting finished as runners-up.
On 13 August 2014, it was announced that Rojo was being disciplined by his club over his refusal to train after handing in a transfer request to force through a move to Premier League club Manchester United. Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho later alleged that third-party owners of Rojo who were not representatives of Manchester United had pressured his club into selling the player.
On 19 August 2014, an agreement to sell Rojo for €20 million (£16 million) was announced by both Sporting and Manchester United. The next day, United announced that they had signed him on a five-year contract, with Nani moving to Sporting on a season-long loan. Rojo stated that it was a "dream for me" to play with Manchester United.
Rojo missed three matches for United due to difficulties in gaining a work permit, because of pending criminal charges in Argentina, where he is alleged to have had an altercation with a neighbour in 2010. On 4 September, he was granted a work permit by the UK Border Agency to work in England. Ten days later he made his debut at Old Trafford as United won for the first time in the season, playing the entirety of the 4–0 victory over Queens Park Rangers. Rojo was stretchered off in United's 1–0 defeat in the Manchester derby on 2 November, sustaining shoulder damage from a tackle on Manchester City's Martín Demichelis. It was later confirmed that he had dislocated his shoulder, adding to United's defensive injuries alongside Jonny Evans and Phil Jones. On 3 February 2015, Rojo scored his first goal for United, heading a ball played by Robin van Persie for the second goal of a 3–0 win over Cambridge United in an FA Cup fourth round replay.
During Manchester United's 2015 pre-season tour of North America, Rojo was expected to join up with the rest of the squad following an extended break granted after competing for Argentina in the Copa América. However, passport issues reportedly caused Rojo to miss pre-season tour entirely, and the matter was said to have "angered" manager Louis van Gaal. Rojo was resultantly fined £140,000 for failing to join up with the rest of the squad on time. In the 2016 FA Cup Final, which United won 2–1 after extra time against Crystal Palace, Rojo was booked in the first half for fouling Pape Souaré and was substituted for Matteo Darmian after 66 minutes.
On 4 March 2017, Rojo scored his first Premier League goal to open a 1–1 home draw against Bournemouth. He suffered a season-ending cruciate ligament injury on 20 April, during a 2–1 win over Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, a tournament that United ended up winning. He made his return on 28 November 2017, in a 4–2 win at Watford.
On 16 March 2018, Rojo signed a new contract with Manchester United that would keep him at the club until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year.
In April 2019, after a run of injuries, Rojo said that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær had told him he was part of his plans when Solskjær was appointed on a temporary basis in December 2018. However, he made only one Premier League start next season, playing 9 games in all competitions before being loaned out.
Loan return to Estudiantes
Rojo was first capped on 9 February 2011, in a 2–1 friendly victory against Portugal at the Stade de Genève, Geneva. Later that year he was included in Argentina's squad as they hosted the 2011 Copa América, and played the opening match on 2 July, a 1–1 draw against Bolivia. Javier Zanetti replaced him at left back for the rest of the tournament as Argentina reached the quarter-finals.
In June 2014, Rojo was named in Argentina's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his FIFA World Cup debut in their 2–1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Maracanã, playing the full match in defence, and contributing to Sead Kolašinac's own goal. In the team's third group match, Rojo scored his first international goal, the winner in a 3–2 victory against Nigeria. The country reached the final before losing to Germany, and Rojo was the only Argentinean named in the Castrol Index Top 11 for the tournament.
Rojo was selected by coach Gerardo Martino for the 2015 Copa América. At the end of Argentina's goalless quarter-final against Colombia in Viña del Mar, Rojo missed in the penalty shootout but his team advanced nonetheless. On 30 June, he opened the scoring in a 6–1 semi-final defeat of Paraguay which put Argentina into the final. He played the entirety of the decisive match against the hosts at the Estadio Nacional de Chile, which Argentina lost on a penalty shootout after a goalless draw.
A year later for the Copa América Centenario in the United States, Rojo was again in Martino's squad. In the final on 26 June at MetLife Stadium, he was sent off in the first half for a foul on Arturo Vidal, as both teams ended the goalless game on 10 men and Chile again won on penalties.
Rojo was named by Jorge Sampaoli in the Argentina squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. On 26 June, he scored the winning goal in Argentina's 2–1 triumph over Nigeria, which secured the team's qualification for the knockout stage as group runners-up behind Croatia. In the round of 16 match against France on 30 June, he was booked after conceding a penalty in the 10th minute for a foul on Kylian Mbappé, which was later converted by Antoine Griezmann, who opened the scoring. Rojo was later replaced by Federico Fazio in the 46th minute. Argentina lost the match 4–3 and were eliminated from the tournament.
Style of play
According to Four Four Two magazine, Rojo was more comfortable at left back rather than centre back in his first season at Sporting, due to a number of positional errors and mistimed tackles; in his second season, his speed helped him in defence. They also attributed a good aerial threat to him, while noting that disciplinary problems remained.
In addition to his usual positions at centre-back and left-back, Rojo can play as a winger. On signing for Manchester United, it was theorised that he could feature as a wing-back in Louis van Gaal's preferred 3–5–2 formation.
In December 2014, Rojo had an affair with a woman he had met at a night club. He accused her of blackmail and took out an injunction to stop newspapers publishing his name in the story. The injunction on his name was lifted in April 2015 due to concerns that other footballers could be suspected of the affair, but it remains in place to prevent the release of images of Rojo.
- As of match played 17 February 2020
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Spartak Moscow||2010||Russian Premier League||0||0||2||1||—||5[g]||0||—||7||1|
|2011–12||Russian Premier League||8||0||1||0||—||1[g]||0||—||10||0|
|Sporting CP||2012–13||Primeira Liga||24||1||0||0||2||0||7[g]||0||—||33||1|
|Manchester United||2014–15||Premier League||22||0||4||1||0||0||—||—||26||1|
|Estudiantes (loan)||2019–20||Primera División||1||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||1||0|
- Argentina – Copa Argentina; Russia – Russian Cup; Portugal – Taça de Portugal; England – FA Cup
- Argentina – Copa de la Superliga; Portugal – Taça da Liga; England – League/EFL Cup
- Appearance in Copa Libertadores
- Five appearance in Copa Libertadores, one appearance in Copa Sudamericana
- Appearance in FIFA Club World Cup
- Appearances in Recopa Sudamericana
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, three appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance in FA Community Shield
- Appearance in UEFA Champions League
- As of match played 9 October 2019
- As of match played 9 October 2019. Argentina score listed first, score column indicates score after each Rojo goal.
|1||25 June 2014||Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil||Nigeria||3–2||3–2||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|2||30 June 2015||Estadio Municipal de Concepción, Concepción, Chile||Paraguay||1–0||6–1||2015 Copa América|
|3||26 June 2018||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Nigeria||2–1||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup|
Estudiantes La Plata
- FA Cup: 2015–16
- EFL Cup: 2016–17
- FA Community Shield: 2016
- UEFA Europa League: 2016–17
- In isolation, Marcos is pronounced [ˈmaɾkos].
- "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
- "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of players: Argentina" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2019.
- "Marcos Rojo: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
- Pickup, Oliver (19 August 2014). "Marcos Rojo: 13 things you might not know about Manchester United transfer target". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- http://www.espnfc.com/player/129426/marcos-rojo, Marcos Rojo – Player Profile, ESPN FC
- "Estduiantes 1–2 Barcelona". FIFA. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Liga de Quito gana 2-1 a Estudiantes, en juego de ida de la Recopa Sudamericana". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 25 August 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- Попов: с Рохо в России можно сравнить разве что Луковича (in Russian). Championat. 19 December 2010. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- "Spartak Moskva vs. Krasnodar 2–1". Soccerway. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Sporting Lisbon swoop for Spartak Moscow defender Marcos Rojo". Goal. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "VITÓRIA GUIMARÃES VS. SPORTING CP 0 – 0". Soccerway. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Porto vs. Sporting CP 2–0". Soccerway. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Sporting CP vs. CD Nacional 2–1". Soccerway. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- Kundert, Tom (19 August 2014). "Everything you need to know about... Marcos Rojo". Four Four Two. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "Académica vs. Sporting CP 0–4". Soccerway. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Belenenses vs. Sporting Club". Soccerway. 19 April 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Manchester United try to resolve Marcos Rojo stand-off". BBC Sport. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Manchester United: Sporting reveal Marcos Rojo sale 'pressure'". BBC Sport. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- "Da venda de Marcos Rojo para o Man.Utd, 9M€ irão para a construção do nosso Pavilhão" [From the sale of Marcos Rojo to Man.Utd, €9M will go towards the construction of our Pavilion]. twitter.com (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "COMUNICADO" (PDF). cmvm.pt (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "#mufc has reached agreement with Sporting Lisbon to sign defender Marcos Rojo, subject to a medical and personal terms". twitter.com. Manchester United F.C. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "Manchester United sign Marcos Rojo for £16m on five-year deal". BBC Sport. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
- Keegan, Mike (30 August 2014). "Marcos Rojo: Man United signing's debut held up by visa delay". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
- "Marcos Rojo granted work permit to play for Manchester United". ESPNFC. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Man Utd 4–0 QPR". BBC Sport. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- McNulty, Phil (2 November 2014). "Man City 1–0 Man Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "Marcos Rojo: Manchester United defender dislocates shoulder". BBC Sport. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
- Cryer, Andy (3 February 2015). "Man Utd 3–0 Cambridge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- Lovett, Samuel (28 July 2015). "Marcos Rojo faces £140,000 fine for missing Manchester United's US pre-season tour". independent.co.uk. Independent Digital News & Media. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
- McNulty, Phil (21 May 2016). "Crystal Palace 1–2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- Chowdhury, Saj (4 March 2017). "Manchester United 1–1 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- "Man United's Rojo out for season with cruciate ligament injury – reports". ESPN. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
- Hafez, Shamoon (28 November 2017). "Watford 2–4 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- "Marcos Rojo signs a new contract at United". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
- Marshall, Adam (12 April 2019). "Rojo: Ole has told me I'm in his plans". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- Stone, Simon (30 January 2020). "Manchester United: Marcos Rojo welcomed back ahead of Estudiantes loan".
- Edwards, Daniel (9 February 2011). "Argentina 2–1 Portugal: Last-gasp Lionel Messi penalty secures entertaining victory after Cristiano Ronaldo equaliser". Goal.com. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Gonzalez, Roger (2 July 2011). "Argentina 1–1 Bolivia: Kun Aguero saves Sergio Batista's men in Copa America opener". Goal.com. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- "Demichelis in Argentina squad as trio miss out". FIFA. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Argentina 2–1 Bos-Herce". BBC Sport. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Nigeria 2–3 Argentina". BBC Sport. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "World Cup 2014: Castrol Index Top 11". FIFA. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Gerardo Martino confirmó la lista de 23 convocados y mantuvo a Casco para la Copa América" [Gerardo Martino confirmed list of 23 selected and kept Casco for the Copa América] (in Spanish). La Nación. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "Argentina 0–0 Colombia". BBC Sport. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- Emons, Michael (1 July 2015). "Argentina 6–1 Paraguay". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- Dawkes, Phil (5 July 2015). "Chile 0–0 Argentina". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Carlos Tevez omitted from Argentina's Copa America squad". Sky Sports. Reuters. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
- "Marcelo Díaz y Rojo ven la roja ¡en la primera parte!" [Marcelo Díaz and Rojo see red in the first half!]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
- "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal.com.
- "Marcos Rojo saves Argentina's World Cup dream with late winner to send Nigeria home". The Telegraph.
- Emlyn Begley (30 June 2018). "France 4-3 Argentina". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- Sam Wallace (1 July 2018). "Kylian Mbappe destroys Argentina to send Lionel Messi and co home in World Cup thriller". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
- Cristopher Clarey (30 June 2018). "Lionel Messi's World Cup ends in a blur of goals by France". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- "France 4-3 Argentina". FIFA. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- Cutler, Teddy (20 August 2014). "Marcos Rojo profile: Who is the £16m Manchester United signing?". The Independent. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- Dearden, Lizzie (6 April 2015). "Manchester United's Marcos Rojo named as footballer in sex scandal court case". The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- Marcos Rojo at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
- "Rojo, Marcos". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
- "Player Profile". Man Utd official website. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
- McNulty, Phil (21 May 2016). "Crystal Palace 1–2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- McNulty, Phil (26 February 2017). "Manchester United 3–2 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- Bevan, Chris (7 August 2016). "Leicester City 1–2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- McNulty, Phil (24 May 2017). "Ajax 0–2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
"FBL-EUR-C3-AJAX-MAN UTD". Getty Images. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marcos Rojo.|