Rodri (footballer, born 1996)

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Rodrigo Hernández
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Rodri playing for Spain in 2019
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Hernández Cascante[1]
Date of birth (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 16
Youth career
2006–2007 Rayo Majadahonda
2007–2013 Atlético Madrid
2013–2015 Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Villarreal B 41 (2)
2015–2018 Villarreal 63 (1)
2018–2019 Atlético Madrid 34 (3)
2019– Manchester City 20 (2)
National team
2012 Spain U16 2 (0)
2015 Spain U19 8 (0)
2017 Spain U21 6 (1)
2018– Spain 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:29, 15 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019

Rodrigo Hernández Cascante (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈðɾiɣo eɾˈnandeθ kasˈkante]; born 22 June 1996), known as Rodri ([ˈroðɾi]) at the beginning of his career and now known as Rodrigo (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈðɾiɣo]}), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays primarily as a midfielder and can also play as a defender for Premier League club Manchester City and the Spain national team.

He is a former Spain youth international, and made his debut for the senior national team in 2018.

Club career[edit]

Villarreal[edit]

Born in Madrid, Rodrigo joined Atlético Madrid's youth setup in 2007 aged 11, from CF Rayo Majadahonda.[3] Released in 2013 due to a "lack of physical strength", he subsequently signed with Villarreal CF.[4][5]

On 7 February 2015, while still a junior, Rodrigo made his senior debut for the reserves, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–1 away win against RCD Espanyol B in the Segunda División B.[6] He was handed his first start 15 days later, in a 2–0 victory at Real Zaragoza B.[7]

Rodrigo made his first-team debut on 17 December 2015, starting in a 2–0 home win against SD Huesca for that season's Copa del Rey.[8] His first La Liga appearance was on 17 April 2016, when he came on as a second-half substitute for Denis Suárez in a 1–2 away loss to Rayo Vallecano.[9]

On 4 December 2017, having already established himself as a regular, Rodrigo renewed his contract until 2032.[10] He scored his first goal in the Spanish top level on 18 February 2018, the opener in a 1–1 away draw against RCD Espanyol.[11]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 24 May 2018, Rodrigo returned to Atlético after the club reached an agreement with Villarreal for his transfer. He signed a five-year contract with the Madrid side,[12] for a fee in the region of 20 million plus 5 million in variables.[13] He made his debut on 15 August in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn, playing the first 71 minutes of a 4–2 extra-time win over city rivals Real Madrid.[14]

Manchester City[edit]

On 3 July 2019, Manchester City met the terms of Rodrigo's €70 million release clause, enabling him to buy out the remainder of his contract with Atlético and leave the club. The transfer was a new record transfer fee paid by Manchester City.[15][16] He signed a five-year contract.[17]

Rodrigo made his debut in the 2019 FA Community Shield on 4 August at Wembley Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes as City won on penalties against Liverpool after a 1–1 draw.[18] He made his Premier League debut against West Ham United six days later in a 5–0 away win,[19] and on 14 September he struck his first goal as consolation in a 3–2 loss at Norwich City.[20]

In October 2019 it was announced that he would be out for a month due to a hamstring injury.[21]

International career[edit]

After playing for Spain at under-16, under-19 and under-21 levels, Rodrigo was first selected by the full side on 16 March 2018 for two friendlies with Germany and Argentina.[22] He made his debut five days later, replacing Thiago Alcântara late in the 1–1 draw against Germany in Düsseldorf.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 October 2019[24]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Villarreal B 2014–15 Segunda División B 7 0 7 0
2015–16 34 2 2[a] 0 36 2
Total 41 2 2 0 43 2
Villarreal 2015–16 La Liga 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2016–17 23 0 4 0 4 1 0 0 31 1
2017–18 37 1 4 0 6 0 0 0 47 1
Total 63 1 11 0 10 1 0 0 84 2
Atlético Madrid 2018–19 La Liga 34 3 4 0 8 0 1[b] 0 47 3
Manchester City 2019–20 Premier League 8 1 0 0 2 0 1[c] 0 11 1
Career total 146 7 15 0 20 1 4 0 185 8
  1. ^ Appearances in Relegation/promotion playoffs
  2. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  3. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

Honours[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Manchester City

Spain U19

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 18 de mayo de 2019, en Valencia" [Minutes of the Match held on 18 May 2019, in Valencia] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Rodrigo". Atlético Madrid. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Fútbol: el nuevo fichaje "Rodri" (At. Madrid) y Lucas jugaron juntos en Majadahonda" [Football: the new signing "Rodri" (At. Madrid) and Lucas played together at Majadahonda] (in Spanish). Majadahonda Magazin. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  4. ^ "El Busquets que se le escapó al Atlético VS. el nuevo 'kaiser' rojiblanco" [The Busquets who slipped away from Atlético vs. the new red-and-white 'kaiser']. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 July 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Rodri, el apagafuegos del Juvenil" [Rodri, the youth firefighter] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  6. ^ "1–3: Frenados" [1–3: Slowed down] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  7. ^ "El Zaragoza B pierde con el Villarreal (0–2) y Láinez ve la roja" [Zaragoza B lose with Villarreal (0–2) and Láinez sees red]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 22 February 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Trigueros remonta al Huesca y certifica el pase sin presumir" [Trigueros completes comeback over Huesca and certifies unassuming qualification]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 17 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Dos misiles de Guerra y Miku hunden al Submarino" [Two rockets from Guerra and Miku sink the Submarino]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 17 April 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  10. ^ "El Villarreal CF renueva a Barbosa y Rodrigo" [Villarreal renew Barbosa and Rodrigo] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Granero cambia la realidad" [Granero changes the reality]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 February 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Acuerdo con el Villarreal para el traspaso de Rodri" [Agreement with Villarreal for the transfer of Rodri] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Cláusula de 70 millones para Rodri" [70 million clause for Rodri]. Marca (in Spanish). 25 May 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  14. ^ a b Sanders, Emma (15 August 2018). "Real Madrid 2–4 Atlético Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Rodri: Manchester City pay £62.6m release clause for Atletico Madrid's Spain midfielder". BBC Sport. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  16. ^ Brennan, Stuart (3 July 2019). "Man City pay Rodri transfer release clause and midfielder will join in next few days". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  17. ^ Edwards, John. "City complete Rodri deal". Manchester City. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  18. ^ a b Begley, Emlyn (4 August 2019). "Liverpool 1–1 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  19. ^ Murphy, Daniel. "Raheem Sterling gives his verdict on Rodri's Premier League debut and VAR in Man City win". Manchester Evening News. MEN. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Norwich City 3–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Rodri: Manchester City midfielder could be out for a month with hamstring injury". 22 October 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  22. ^ "Parejo, Marcos Alonso y Rodri, novedades en la lista de la selección española" [Parejo, Marcos Alonso and Rodri, novelties in the list of the Spanish national team]. El País (in Spanish). 18 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Rodri, el décimo debutante con Lopetegui en la Selección" [Rodri, tenth newcomer with Lopetegui in the national team]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 23 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  24. ^ Rodri at Soccerway
  25. ^ "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Under-21 2017 - History - Spain". UEFA.com.
  27. ^ "Under-21 2017 - History - Matches". UEFA.com.

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