|Full name||Rodrigo Defendi|
|Date of birth||16 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Ribeirão Preto, Brazil|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2006||→ Udinese (loan)||2||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Roma (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011–2012||Vitória de Guimarães||23||(1)|
|2014–2015||Vitória de Guimarães||7||(0)|
|2015||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2017.
Defendi was first spotted as a 16-year-old by the then Tottenham Hotspur Director of Sport Frank Arnesen. He was the first player signed under the Frank Arnesen and Jacques Santini era at Spurs from Cruzeiro for a fee of £600,000 on July 3, 2004, although he had to wait for his passport to arrive in August for the deal to be officially completed. He failed to make a first team appearance for Tottenham but featured in a number of reserve team matches.
He was deemed surplus to requirements by Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol, as he was first allowed to travel back to Brazil to seek a contract with a new club which proved unsuccessful, before he was farmed out on loan to Udinese Calcio in January 2006. He made two league appearances before leaving for A.S. Roma in August 2006, again on loan. He made an appearance in the Champions League and in the Coppa Italia for the capital club, but didn't manage to play a league game in Serie A.
Defendi returned to Tottenham Hotpur from Roma after his loan period ended. On August 9, 2007 Tottenham announced his departure to the Italian Serie B club Avellino on a permanent transfer.
- Vitória de Guimarães
- "Rodrigo Defendi é reforço (VÍDEO)". Vitória SC (in Portuguese). 18 May 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- De volta ao Brasil após nove anos, Defendi é apresentado no Botafogo
- 石家庄永昌宣布签约巴西后卫 签约两年 at sports.sohu.com 2015-02-18 Retrieved 2015-02-19 (in Chinese)
- "Rodrigo Defendi: Prišel, da bi bil prvak" [Rodrigo Defendi: I came to be a champion] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.