Gestede playing for Cardiff City in 2012
|Full name||Rudy Philippe Michel Camille Gestede|
|Date of birth||10 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Essey-lès-Nancy, France|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Cannes (loan)||22||(4)|
|2013–2014||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||6||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:22, 5 October 2015 (UTC).
After coming through the youth ranks at FC Metz, he spent a year on loan gaining experience with AS Cannes, scoring four goals in 22 appearances, before returning to Metz in 2010. In the summer of 2011, he joined Cardiff City, and helped the club to secure promotion to the Premier League. However, he found first team chances limited with Cardiff at the start of 2013-14, joining Blackburn Rovers on loan in 2013. In January 2014, Gestede made a permanent transfer to Blackburn Rovers, and established himself in the first team, forming a prolific partnership with Jordan Rhodes in attack.
Gestede played internationally for France at under-19 level before switching international allegiance to Benin.
Born in Essey-lès-Nancy, Gestede started at youth level at the age of 16, in 2004, where he played for FC Metz. A year later, he signed a professional contract, with Metz's B Team. In 2007 he was promoted to play for the first team, whilst still also continuing to play for the B Team but in 2010, he ended his five years playing for the B team, when he was sent on loan to AS Cannes.
Gestede joined Football League Championship side Cardiff City on a week-long trial, during City's training camp in Seville, Spain. Gestede scored his first goal for the Bluebirds in the 25th minute against Charlton Athletic On 23 July 2011, Gestede passed his medical and was unveiled as a Cardiff City player three days later. On 7 August 2011, Gestede came on for his debut against West Ham, in the 68th minute in place of Robert Earnshaw, setting up Kenny Miller for the match's only goal. His first start came the following game against Oxford United in the League Cup. He made his 50th appearance in a 5–3 victory over Huddersfield Town, putting in a man of the match performance. Gestede scored his first goal for Cardiff City and in English football against Leicester City in the Football League Cup, where he later scored a penalty in a shoot out to help Cardiff to a 7–6 victory.
His first league goal came on 15 October, on his first league start against Ipswich Town. The following game, Gestede suffered another hamstring injury, which meant he would be out for a few weeks. He returned in a goalless draw at Millwall on 10 December. Gestede found his 3rd Cardiff goal in a 3–1 win over Peterborough. He would come on and score a penalty in Cardiff City's semi-final victory against Crystal Palace in the League Cup. Gestede scored his third goal for Cardiff on 14 February 2012, in a 3–1 win over Peterborough United. In the Carling Cup Final against Premier League Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on 26 February, City went down 3–2 on penalties, with Gestede missing one of the Bluebirds' spot-kicks. On 19 April, Gestede signed a two-year deal keeping him at Cardiff City Stadium until 2014.
Gestede suffered a pre-season injury which kept him out of the first two months of the 2012–13 campaign. He made his return on 6 October coming on in the second half against Ipswich Town, where he helped the Bluebirds to come back from a 1 goals deficit. Gestede's first goal of the season came on 15 December, in a 2–1 loss against Peterborough United. In what has been described as his finest performance yet in a Cardiff City shirt, Gestede scored two headers as City beat Nottingham Forest 3–0 at Cardiff City Stadium. He collected a winners' medal as City won the Championship title and were promoted to the Premier League in April 2013.
On 26 November 2013 Gestede joined Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of 2013 under an emergency loan arrangement after he found his playing time at Cardiff reduced since their promotion to the Premier League.
On 1 January 2014, Gestede signed for the club permanently, on a three and a half year deal, along with Tom Cairney, who was also on loan at Blackburn at the same time as him, from Hull City. On 21 April, Gestede scored a first-half hat-trick against Birmingham City. He won the Championship Player of the Month Award for April after scoring six goals in the seven games in that month.
On 31 July 2015, after intense speculation, Gestede signed for Premier League side Aston Villa on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £6 million. He made his debut as a substitute away at Bournemouth, heading the winning goal in a 1–0 victory. On 22 September 2015, he scored the winner in a 1–0 League Cup victory over arch rivals Birmingham City. On 26 September 2015, he scored a brace in a 3–2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Gestede played for the France under-19 national team between 2006 and 2008. He was called up for the Benin national team in February 2013 for the World Cup qualifiers due to a parent being of Beninois origin, he was also eligible for the United States of America through a grandparent. He scored both his first and second international goals in 3–1 losses to Algeria on 26 March and 9 June 2013.
In the summer of 2012, Rudy's wife, Hawa, gave birth to their first child, Elijah Gestede.
- As of match played on 26 September 2015
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Blackburn Rovers (loan)||2013–14||Championship||6||1||1||0||0||0||—||7||1|
|Aston Villa||2015–16||Premier League||7||3||0||0||1||1||—||8||4|
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