Antonio Rudiger Biography
Antonio Rudiger is a German professional footballer who was born on 3 March 1993 in Berlin, Germany. He plays as a defender for both, his national team Germany and club Chelsea.
Rudiger began playing football at a noticeable platform at VfB Stuttgart in 2012. Rudiger also played in the final of DFB Pokal where they lost 3-2 against FC Bayern Munich.
Rudiger was part of several German national youth football teams, including the Germany U21 team.
Rudiger made his debut for senior German national team on 13 May, 2014 in a 0-0 draw against Poland. He also got selected in Germany’s 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016 before he was ruled out due to an injury.
Rise to Glory
During 2013-14 season, Rudiger made 35 appearances for VfB Stuttgart where he scored two goals. After that he moved to Roma in 2015 and to Chelsea in 2017.
He had a very impressive season during 2015-16. For instance, on February 2016, Rudiger scored a goal in only the 4th minute of the match against AC Milan. His ruthless determination and spirit helped him to get regular matches for both his club team and national team. This earned him a transfer in one of the leading clubs, Chelsea for a reported fee of £29 million. In 2017, he was also part of the squad that won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Rudiger remained out of the team on many occasions due to injury like in 2014-15 season and during the Euros.
Antonio Rudiger made his club career debut for VfB Stuttgart in 2011. He was retained for the team till 2015 season, after which he was contacted by Roma on loan.
He was retained by Roma in the next season also, where he made 35 appearances with 4 assists. In 2017, he moved to Chelsea for £29 million on a five-year deal.
During 2013-14 season, Antonio played 35 matches and scored two goals. His 2015-16 season, his performance was also similar to it where he scored two goals in 37 games.