Rodrigo Bentancur

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Rodrigo Bentancur
Rodrigo Betancur 2018.jpg
Bentancur playing for Uruguay at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Bentancur Colmán
Date of birth (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Nueva Helvecia, Uruguay
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
C.F.Real Madrid-jdk
Number 30
Youth career
2009–2015 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Boca Juniors 51 (1)
2017– Juventus 51 (2)
National team
2017 Uruguay U20 14 (1)
2017– Uruguay 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2019

Rodrigo Bentancur Colmán (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈðɾiɣo βentaŋˈkuɾ]; born 25 June 1997) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Juventus and the Uruguay national team.

He started his career in the youth system of Argentine side Boca Juniors in 2009. He was promoted to the senior squad in 2015, and won two Primera División titles and a Copa Argentina with the team. He was signed by Italian club Juventus in 2017, where he won two consecutive Serie A titles, among other trophies.

At international level, he was a member of the Uruguay U20 squad that won the 2017 South American U-20 Championship. He also made his senior debut for Uruguay in 2017, and later took part at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Copa América.

Club career[edit]

Boca Juniors[edit]

Bentancur is a product of the Boca Juniors youth academy. On 12 April 2015, he made his first team debut for the club in a league game against Nueva Chicago. He replaced Pablo Pérez after 77 minutes in a 0–0 home draw.[2]

On 13 July 2015, Bentancur, Guido Vadalá, Franco Cristaldo and Adrián Cubas became part of Carlos Tevez's deal, which saw Juventus have the first option to sign the youngsters until 20 April 2017, with Vadalá also joining Juventus on loan for the 2015–2017 seasons. Bentancur was tagged for €9.4 million.[3] Juventus's CEO Giuseppe Marotta later confirmed that Juventus would be exercising their option to sign Bentancur in 2017.[4] He arrived in Turin on 3 April 2017[citation needed] and completed his medical on the same day.[5] On 21 April 2017 Juventus completed their acquisition of Bentancur, signing him on a five-year deal effective from 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2022 for a €9.5 million transfer fee, plus additional performance based bonuses. Boca Juniors are also entitled to 50% of any future transfer fee that Juventus receive for Bentancur.[6] Bentancur subsequently returned to Argentina to play out the remainder of the 2016–17 season with Boca Juniors.[7]

Juventus[edit]

Bentancur formally became a player of Juventus on 1 July 2017, after the club activated the option to sign him in April 2017, in a deal which would keep him at the club until 2022. The first option to sign Bentancur was bought as part of Carlos Tevez's deal in July 2015.[8][9] He made his club debut on 26 August 2017, coming on as a substitute in a 4–2 away win over Genoa in Serie A.[10][11]

On 6 October 2018, Bentancur scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 away win over Udinese in Serie A.[12]

International career[edit]

Bentancur was a member of Uruguayan national under-20 team, winning 2017 South American U-20 Championship. The squad also finished as the fourth in 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In September 2017, Bentancur received his first senior call-up to the Uruguayan national team by manager Óscar Tabárez for the team's upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Bolivia in October.[13] He made his international debut on 5 October, coming on as a substitute in Uruguay's 0–0 away draw against Venezuela.[14][15] He was named in the squad for the China Cup in March 2018.[16]

In May 2018, Bentancur was named in Uruguay’s provisional 26-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[17] He was later included in the team's final 23-man squad for the tournament.[18] He appeared in Uruguay's opening match of the tournament on 15 June, a 1–0 victory over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena.[19] In the Round of 16 match against Portugal on 30 June, he set-up Edinson Cavani's second goal in an eventual 2–1 victory.[20] Uruguay were eliminated from the tournament following a 2–0 defeat to eventual champions France in the quarter-finals on 6 July.[21]

In March 2019, Tabárez included Bentancur in the final 23-man Uruguay squad for the 2019 Copa América in Brazil.[22] In the quarter-finals against Peru on 29 June, a 0–0 draw after regulation time saw the match go to a penalty shoot-out; although Bentancur was able to score his kick, Uruguay lost the shoot-out 4–5 and were eliminated from the competition.[23]

Style of play[edit]

A dynamic, hard-working, tenacious, skilful, elegant, and tactically versatile midfielder, who is comfortable using either foot, Bentancur has been described as a tall and "physically strong" player, who is capable of playing in any midfield position, including as a defensive midfielder, as a central midfielder, as a winger on either flank, in a box-to-box role, or even as an attacking midfielder behind the forwards, due to his ability to make attacking runs from behind.[8][24][25][26][27][28][29][30] He also possesses good close control, technique, and quick footwork, which enable him to get past opponents when in possession, while his vision, intelligence, personality, and incisive passing also allow him to set the tempo of his team's play in a more creative role deep in midfield, and create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates after winning back the ball.[24][25][26][27][31][32] His height and strong frame also enable him to act as a "target man" in an advanced midfield role.[26] Although his acceleration is not particularly impressive, he is also a mobile player, who is capable of pressing opponents further up the pitch. Moreover, he has also drawn praise in the media for his composure and quick-thinking both with and without the ball.[26][27] Due to his precociousness, talent, maturity, and wide range of skills, he is considered to be a highly promising young player in the media.[26][27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boca Juniors 2015[33] Argentine Primera División 18 0 6 0 1[a] 0 0 0 25 0
2016[33] 11 1 3 0 5[a] 0 0 0 19 1
2016–17[33] 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Total 51 1 9 0 6 0 0 0 66 1
Juventus 2017–18[33] Serie A 20 0 2 0 5[b] 0 0 0 27 0
2018–19[33] 31 2 1 0 7[b] 0 1[c] 0 40 2
Total 51 2 3 0 12 0 1 0 66 2
Career total 102 3 12 0 18 0 1 0 133 3
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in the Supercoppa Italiana

International[edit]

As of match played 29 June 2019.
Uruguay
Year Apps Goals
2017 4 0
2018 13 0
2019 6 0
Total 23 0

Honours[edit]

Boca Juniors[33]

Juventus[33]

Uruguay U20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA: 32. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Boca Juniors vs. Nueva Chicago - 12 April 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Agreements with Boca Juniors" (PDF). Juventus F.C. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Signing with Bentnacur". GOAL. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Bentancur completes Juventus medical". Juventus F.C. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Bentancur joins Juventus!". Juventus F.C. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  7. ^ Pete Sharland (21 April 2017). "Juventus announce signing of Rodrigo Bentancur". Eurosport.co.uk. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Bentancur joins Juventus!". www.juventus.com. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  9. ^ Mirko Calemme (3 April 2017). "Juventus announce signing of Rodrigo Bentancur from Boca". AS.com. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Paulo Dybala hat-trick helps Juventus overcome sticky Genoa challenge". sports.yahoo.com. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Genoa 2-4 Juventus". BBC.com. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Bentancur enjoys debut Juve goal". Football Italia. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Bentancur gets Uruguay call". Football Italia. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  14. ^ Stefano Lanzo (7 October 2017). "Juventus, Bentancur promosso anche da Tabarez" (in Italian). Tutto Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Venezuela vs. Uruguay 0 - 0". Soccerway. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  16. ^ http://www.getfootballnewsitaly.com/2018/torreira-earns-first-uruguayan-call-up/
  17. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  18. ^ Sam Tremlett (15 June 2018). "Uruguay World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide". World Soccer. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  19. ^ JJ Bull (15 June 2018). "World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts - live reaction". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  20. ^ Gary Rose (30 June 2018). "Uruguay 2-1 Portugal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  21. ^ Bevan, Chris (6 July 2018). "Uruguay 0 France 2". Nizhny Novgorod: BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Uruguay Team Squads Copa America 2019". copaamerica2019.live. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Uruguay 0–0 Peru". BBC Sport. 29 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Juventus, Bentancur ha firmato fino al 2022: «Mi manda Tevez, darò il massimo»" (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  25. ^ a b Marco Gentile (11 August 2016). "Calciomercato, ecco chi è Bentancur: il talento che piace a Milan e Juventus" (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  26. ^ a b c d e Matthew Stanger (18 July 2018). "World Cup scouting spotlight: Moussa Wague, Rodrigo Bentancur, Mario Fernandes". ESPN FC. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  27. ^ a b c d Marcus Haydon (13 April 2016). "Rodrigo Bentancur: Who is the Arsenal-scouted Boca teen who almost joined Real Madrid in January?". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  28. ^ "Juve, Matuidi e Bentancur hanno conquistato tutti" (in Italian). www.calciomercato.com. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  29. ^ Elvira Erbì (1 February 2017). ""Bentancur come Pogba". E la Juventus scopre un vero duro" (in Italian). Tutto Sport. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  30. ^ Martin Mazur (12 August 2016). "Bentancur, un po' Pastore un po' Veron: il Milan vuole il regista del Boca Juniors" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  31. ^ Jacopo Gerna (21 September 2017). "Juventus, Bentancur è un gioiello: "E posso crescere ancora molto..."" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  32. ^ Jacopo Fossanova (24 March 2017). "Bentancur parla già da juventino: "Visite mediche presto. Ma ora penso a chiudere bene col Boca"" (in Italian). Eurosport.com. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  33. ^ a b c d e f g Rodrigo Bentancur at Soccerway. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  34. ^ "Rodrigo Amaral se pone a punto con Andrés Barrios". Ir21.com.uy. 22 February 2017.

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