Rodrigo (footballer, born 1991)
Rodrigo playing for Valencia in 2015
|Full name||Rodrigo Moreno Machado|
|Date of birth||6 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Striker|
|2009||Real Madrid C||4||(1)|
|2009–2010||Real Madrid B||18||(5)|
|2010–2011||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||17||(1)|
|2014–2015||→ Valencia (loan)||31||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo moved to Spain in his early teens, settling in Galicia and started playing organized football with Celta de Vigo. In 2009, aged 18, he moved to Real Madrid to complete his development.
Only a few weeks after arriving, Rodrigo started playing as a senior with the C-team. Shortly after, he was promoted to Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División B, making his debut with the latter on 29 November 2009 in a 4–3 away win against UD Lanzarote (29 minutes played).
On 31 July 2010, Rodrigo signed a five-year contract with S.L. Benfica for a reported fee of €6 million. Real Madrid had an option to re-buy the player for €12 million during the next two seasons; however, after Fábio Coentrão's transfer to the Spanish club, the teams agreed to cancel the buyback clause.
The following month, Rodrigo joined Bolton Wanderers of the Premier League on a season-long loan. He made his official debut in a League Cup game at Burnley on 21 September, starting in a 0–1 away loss.
Rodrigo first appeared in the league for the Trotters on 23 October 2010, at Wigan Athletic, coming on as a substitute for Lee Chung-Yong midway through the second half of a 1–1 draw. On 5 January 2011, against the same opponent, he scored his only goal of the campaign, with the game ending with the same result.
Returning to Benfica for 2011–12, Rodrigo played in 38 official matches in his first year and scored 16 goals, including the opener in the season's Taça da Liga final against Gil Vicente FC, which his team won for the fourth year in a row (2–1). On 2 January 2013 he combined with Óscar Cardozo for five goals in a 6–0 home routing of C.D. Aves for the Taça de Portugal.
On 31 January 2014, Benfica (and Benfica Stars Fund) sold 100% of Rodrigo's economic rights to a private company, Meriton Capital Limited, owned by Peter Lim, for €30 million, plus another potential €10 million on performance-related bonuses. He remained with the Eagles until the end of the campaign. On 10 April he scored both of his team's goals in a 2–0 home win against AZ Alkmaar for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League, which powered the hosts to the last-four stage 3–0 on aggregate.
Rodrigo scored Benfica's first goal in a 2–0 final win over Rio Ave F.C. in the league cup, and was subsequently voted Man of the match as his team won the competition for the fifth time in seven years. On 14 May he had his penalty shootout attempt saved by Sevilla FC's Beto, in an eventual Europa League final loss; in total, he contributed with 18 goals in 43 games all competitions comprised to win an unprecedented treble of Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga.
On 23 July 2014, Rodrigo moved back to Spain, after agreeing to a one-season loan deal with Valencia CF. Although his economic rights were owned by Lim, a loan was arranged to take him and André Gomes to Valencia due to Lim's purchase of the latter club.
Rodrigo made his debut for the Che on 23 August 2014, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against Sevilla. He scored his first La Liga goal on 22 September, netting the last of a 3–0 away success against Getafe CF through a penalty, but was later sent off; he was dismissed the following 30 May for striking Rayo Vallecano's Toño, and banned for three games by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.
On 15 June 2015, Benfica and Valencia announced they had reached an agreement on Rodrigo's federative rights, and he signed a four-year contract with the latter until 30 June 2019, for a reported fee of €30 million.
Rodrigo competed for Spain internationally, starting with the under-19s which he helped to the second position in the 2010 UEFA European Championship by netting two goals, including one in the final against France. He then competed in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, helping the national team to the quarter-finals with his three goals.
Rodrigo made his debut for the Spanish under-21 side on 1 September 2011, scoring a hat-trick in Georgia for the 2013 European Championship qualifiers (7–2 win). On 21 March 2013, in a friendly against Norway, he netted his 13th goal in the category to help to the 5–2 triumph in Toledo, thus becoming the highest goal scorer after surpassing Óscar García's record which had stood since 1992.
Rodrigo was included in Spain's squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics, appearing in two games in an eventual group stage exit in London. On 3 October 2014, he was one of 23 players selected by Vicente del Bosque for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Slovakia and Luxembourg, making his debut in the latter game by replacing Diego Costa in the 82nd minute and assisting the fourth and last goal for Juan Bernat.
- As of match played 2 April 2016
|Real Madrid B||2009–10||18||5||—||—||—||18||5|
- As of match played 12 October 2014
- Primeira Liga: 2013–14
- Taça de Portugal: 2013–14
- Taça da Liga: 2011–12, 2013–14
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2012–13, 2013–14
- Spain U21
- Spain U19
- "Entrevista exclusiva Rodrigo: "Estaría encantado de volver al Real Madrid. ¿Quién no?" [Exclusive interview Rodrigo: "I'd be delighted to return to Real Madrid. Who wouldn't?]. Goal.com. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- El Real Madrid traspasa a Rodrigo al Benfica por seis millones de euros (Real Madrid sells Rodrigo to Benfica for six million euros); Marca, 31 July 2010 (in Spanish)
- Rodrigo signs on at The Reebok; Bolton Wanderers FC, 31 August 2010
- "Bolton sign Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica on loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Elliott effort ensures Clarets win". ESPN Soccernet. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Elmander grabs point for Trotters". ESPN Soccernet. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Stam strike rescues Wigan". ESPN Soccernet. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Benfica win Taça da Liga". PortuGOAL. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Benfica annihilate Aves". PortuGOAL. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- "Benfica cash in on Rodrigo, Andre Gomes". Soccer News. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "Peter Lim, o homem que comprou os passes de Rodrigo e André Gomes" [Peter Lim, the men who bought the rights for Rodrigo and André Gomes] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "Rodrigo at the double to down AZ". ESPN FC. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- "Rodrigo eleito melhor em campo" [Rodrigo voted man of the match] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- Gardner, Paul (15 May 2014). "Brazen goalkeeper cheating helps Sevilla win Europa League". Soccer America. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "Rodrigo: "Jesus foi importantíssimo na minha evolução"" [Rodrigo: "Jesus was very important in my evolution"] (in Portuguese). Record. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Comunicado oficial" [Official announcement] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Valência procura "forma jurídica" para levar Rodrigo e André Gomes" [Valencia looks for 'legal way' to take Rodrigo and André Gomes] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "Sevilla 1–1 Valencia: Ten-man visitors snatch draw at the death". Goal.com. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "El naranja pinta muy bien" [Orange is such a great colour] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- "Tres partidos a Rodrigo (Valencia) y Jémez (Rayo)" [Three games for Rodrigo (Valencia) and Jémez (Rayo)] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
- "Rodrigo Moreno joins Valencia CF on a permanent deal through to 2019". Valencia CF. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
- "2–7: España golea a Georgia y suma sus primeros puntos de cara al Europeo" [2–7: Spain routs Georgia and scores first points for European Championship] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "5–2: Exhibición de Tello y goleada de España" [5–2: Tello show and Spain routing] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Euro 2012 trio Mata, Alba & Martinez in Spain Olympic squad". BBC Sport. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Chelsea's Diego Costa named in Spain squad". BBC Sport. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
- "Spain bounce back with Luxembourg success". UEFA.com. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
- Primos en el césped (Cousins on the pitch); Marca, 5 December 2012 (in Spanish)
- Rodrigo profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "Ivanović heads Chelsea to Europa League glory". UEFA.com. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- Chris Myson (19 June 2013). "Euro Under-21 Team of the Tournament: Thiago & Isco star as Spain dominate". Goal.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- Rodrigues, Luís (7 May 2014). "Rodrigo eleito melhor em campo" [Rodrigo elected man of the match] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
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