Rodolfo Pizarro

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Rodolfo Pizarro
Personal information
Full name Rodolfo Gilbert Pizarro Thomas[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-15) February 15, 1994 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Monterrey
Number 20
Youth career
2009–2011 Orinegros Ciudad Madero
2011–2013 Pachuca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Pachuca 134 (8)
2017–2018 Guadalajara 45 (13)
2018– Monterrey 28 (6)
National team
2015–2016 Mexico U23 8 (1)
2014– Mexico 16 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:00, 2 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2019

Rodolfo Gilbert Pizarro Thomas (born February 15, 1994) is a Mexican professional footballer who currently plays for Liga MX club Monterrey and the Mexico national team.

Pizarro broke into the senior Pachuca team in 2012, remaining there until he was sold to Guadalajara in 2016, playing for a year and a half, helping the team to claim their twelfth league title after a near-decade drought as well as winning the Clausura 2017 Copa MX and the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.

He participated in both the U-23 and senior levels of Mexico's national team, helping the former qualify to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Pachuca[edit]

Rodolfo Pizarro rose quickly through the ranks of the Pachuca Youth System beginning there since 2011. Being Mexico's young promises along with former teammates Hirving Lozano and Érick Gutiérrez. Pizarro made his debut on 14 September 2012 coming in on as a substitute in the 71st minute in a 3–2 win over Morelia and had become a regular starter ever since.

Guadalajara[edit]

In December 2016, Pachuca announced Pizarro was transferred to Guadalajara for a reported $14–$15 million.[2] On 7 January 2017, Pizarro made his debut against Club Universidad Nacional, playing the whole match in which Guadalajara won 2–1.[3] A week later, Pizarro scored his first goal for Guadalajara against Monterrey from a long range shot, the game ended 2–2.[4]

He scored another goal against Santos Laguna, who were playing with 10 men equalizing 1–1. He later scored a brace in a 4–3 loss to Chiapas. He scored the first goal of a 1–1 draw against Toluca in the first leg of the Clausura 2017 Semi-Final. Rodolfo scored his sixth goal against Tigres in the first leg of the Clausura 2017 Final. He started the Apertura 2017 season scoring the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw to Cruz Azul and the following week adding another goal and assist to Ángel Zaldívar in a 2–2 draw against Necaxa. Following Guadalajara's win in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Finals, Pizarro won the Best Young Player award of the tournament.[5]

Monterrey[edit]

On 4 June 2018, after much media speculation, Guadalajara sporting director Francisco Gabriel de Anda officially announced that Pizarro was being transferred to fellow league club Monterrey,[6] for $16 million, making him the costliest interleague transfer in Liga MX history.[7] Pizarro would make his debut with Monterrey on 21 July 2018 in a 1–0 victory against his youth club, Pachuca.[8] On November 5, he would score his first goal with the team in a 2–0 win over Veracruz.[9]

He was an integral part of the team as they won their fourth CONCACAF Champions League title, this made Pizarro alongside teammate Angel Zaldívar the first players to win the tournament in back–to–back years with two different teams.[10]

International career[edit]

Mexico U-23[edit]

On 18 September 2015, Rodolfo Pizarro was selected by coach Raúl Gutiérrez to play in the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.[11] Mexico went on to win the tournament and qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics as Pizarro was named to the tournament's Best XI.[12]

On 7 July 2016, Pizarro was named in Mexico's 21-man squad that would participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[13] In Mexico's first group stage match against Germany, he scored Mexico's second goal to make the game 2–1 but was eventually tied 2–2.[14]

Mexico national team[edit]

On 29 January 2014 he made his debut for the national team in a friendly game against South Korea where he played the 90 minutes.[15] On 10 February 2016, Pizarro scored his first goal for Mexico in the 87th minute of the friendly match against Senegal, finishing 2–0.[16][17]

On 28 June 2017, Pizarro was called up to participate in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[18] Facing Honduras in the quarter-final match, he scored the winning and only goal at the 4th minute.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 9 February 2019[20][21]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pachuca 2012–13 Liga MX 16 0 9 1 25 1
2013–14 39 0 3 0 42 0
2014–15 35 2 4 0 39 2
2015–16 37 6 5[a] 1 42 7
2016–17 7 0 7 0
Total 134 8 17 2 4 0 155 10
Guadalajara 2016–17 Liga MX 16 6 2 1 18 7
2017–18 29 7 3 0 8 1 40 8
Total 45 13 5 1 8 1 58 15
Monterrey 2018–19 Liga MX 26 5 2[b] 0 6 1 34 6
Career total 205 26 24 3 18 2 247 31
  1. ^ Includes the 2016 Campeón de Campeones
  2. ^ Includes the 2018 Supercopa MX and 1 match in the Copa MX

International[edit]

As of 21 March 2019[22]
Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 4 0
2015 0 0
2016 2 1
2017 6 2
2018 3 0
2019 1 0
Total 16 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.[23]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 February 2016 Marlins Park, Miami, United States  Senegal 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 1 July 2017 CenturyLink Field, Seattle, United States  Paraguay 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3. 20 July 2017 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States  Honduras 1–0 1–0 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Style of play[edit]

Pizarro is a versatile player with experience playing as a right-back, as a winger, central midfielder, and behind the striker (honing the new position when transferred to Guadalajara).[24][25][26][27][28][29]

He notably plays as a either a box-to-box midfielder where his speed and endurance help him stand out,[24][30] or as an attacking midfielder capable of being a goal poacher, allowing his ball control and creativity to thrive and provide crucial passes.[24][28][30]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Pachuca
Guadalajara
Monterrey

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Rodolfo Pizarro llega al Rebaño por 15 mdd". El Universal. December 13, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Ortega Sánchez, Enrique (January 10, 2017). "¿El debut de Pizarro es de buen augurio?". Vavel. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Pizarro celebra su primer gol con las Chivas". Marca. January 14, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Young Player Award". CONCACAF.com. April 26, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Chivas transfer news: Rodolfo Pizarro moving to Monterrey". Goal.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Pizarro, el fichaje más caro entre clubes de Liga MX". Récord. May 22, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Pachuca 0–1 Monterrey". ESPN. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Monterrey vs Veracruz: Resumen, resultado y goles". Marca (in Spanish). November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rodolfo Pizarro y Ángel Zaldívar, bicampeones de la Concachampions 2019". MARCA Claro México (in Spanish). May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Diaz, Rafael (September 18, 2015). "MEXICO NAMES SQUAD FOR OLYMPIC QUALIFYING CHAMPIONSHIP". Mexicanfut.com. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "TSG announces CMOQ Best XI, Awards". CONCACAF. October 14, 2015. Archived from the original on June 21, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "Definida la convocatoria del Tri para Juegos Olímpicos". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  14. ^ Zucker, Joseph (August 4, 2016). "Mexico vs. Germany: Score and Reaction from 2016 Olympic Men's Soccer". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Villegas Gama, Karla (July 6, 2014). "Predicting the Mexico Squad for the 2018 World Cup". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "Pizarro asume el liderato de la selección mexicana". Excelsior. July 7, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "México derriba la resistencia de Senegal". Marca. February 11, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
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  19. ^ Pizarro first Mexico goal
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  23. ^ "R. Pizarro". Soccerway. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  24. ^ a b c Villegas Gama, Karla (March 17, 2014). "10 Mexico Players Who Could Be Big Hits in Europe". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  25. ^ Marshall, Tom (December 12, 2016). "Chivas signs Mexico international Rodolfo Pizarro from Pachuca". ESPN. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  26. ^ Hernandez, Cesar (January 23, 2018). "Pizarro's play for Chivas has him in line for potential Mexico call-up". ESPN. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  27. ^ Padilla, Gio (May 29, 2018). "Rodolfo Pizarro: An analysis on the talent and possible next steps". Medium. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
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  29. ^ "Mexicans Poised For European Transfers". FMF State of Mind. April 28, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  30. ^ a b McManus, Oliver. "2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup – 10 Players to Watch". Outsideoftheboot.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  31. ^ cg.cruz (December 31, 2016). "Pizarro asegura que 2016 fue su mejor año" (in Spanish). Retrieved June 12, 2018.
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  37. ^ "2018 SCCL - Best XI". CONCACAF. Retrieved April 26, 2017.

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