Rodri (footballer, born 1996)

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Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Hernández Cascante
Date of birth (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 14
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– Atlético Madrid 19 (2)
National team
2012 Spain U16 2 (0)
2015 Spain U19 8 (0)
2017– Spain U21 6 (1)
2018– Spain 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:42, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2018

Rodrigo Hernández Cascante (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈðɾiɣo eɾˈnandeθ kasˈkante]; born 22 June 1996), commonly known as Rodri ([ˈroðɾi]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid.

Club career[edit]


Born in Madrid, Rodri joined Atlético Madrid's youth setup in 2007 aged 11, from CF Rayo Majadahonda.[2] Released in 2013 due to the "lack of physical strength", he subsequently signed with Villarreal CF.[3][4]

On 7 February 2015, while still a junior, Rodri made his senior debut for the reserves, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–1 away win against RCD Espanyol B for the Segunda División B.[5] He was handed his first start 15 days later, in a 2–0 victory at Real Zaragoza B.[6]

Rodri made his first-team debut on 17 December 2015, starting in a 2–0 home win against SD Huesca for the season's Copa del Rey.[7] His maiden La Liga appearance took place on 17 April of the following year, when he came on as a second-half substitute for Denis Suárez in a 1–2 away loss to Rayo Vallecano.[8]

On 4 December 2017, having already established himself as a regular, Rodri renewed his contract until 2022.[9] He scored his first goal in the Spanish top level on 18 February 2018, netting the opener in a 1–1 away draw against RCD Espanyol.[10]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 24 May 2018, Rodri returned to Atlético after the club reached an agreement with Villarreal for his transfer. He signed a five-year contract with the Madrid side,[11] for a fee in the region of 20 million plus 5 million in variables.[12]

International career[edit]

After playing for Spain at under-16, under-19 and under-21 levels, Rodri was first called by the full side on 16 March 2018 for two friendlies with Germany and Argentina.[13] He made his debut five days later, replacing Thiago Alcântara late into the 1–1 draw against the former in Düsseldorf.[14]


Atlético Madrid

Spain U19


  1. ^ "Rodrigo". Atlético Madrid. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Rodri, el apagafuegos del Juvenil" [Rodri, the youth firefighter] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  5. ^ "1–3: Frenados" [1–3: Slowed down] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "El Villarreal CF renueva a Barbosa y Rodrigo" [Villarreal renew Barbosa and Rodrigo] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Granero cambia la realidad" [Granero changes the reality]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 February 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "Cláusula de 70 millones para Rodri" [70 million clause for Rodri]. Marca (in Spanish). 25 May 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ Emma Sanders (15 August 2018). "Real Madrid 2–4 Atlético Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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