Kevin Manuel Rodrigues is a Portuguese football who currently plays as a left back in La Liga club, Real Sociedad. Born on 5th March 1994 in France, the player is one of the few to have played international football for two countries.
Rodrigues was a part of the France U18 and U19 team before representing Portugal in the U21 format as well as the senior team. A left footed player, Kevin is known for his ball handling and accurate passes.
The Prodigy started out young, joining the youth team of Bayonne, which is a French club playing in the 5th division. He joined the club at the age of six and honed his skills for 8 years, before moving to the top division club, Toulouse in 2008. He had to work hard for another 4 years with the youth team before breaking into the senior side.
His time with the youth team at Toulouse also earned him a seat in the France's U18 team in 2012. He appeared on 6 occasions during the year and even managed to net a goal.
Kevin Rodrigues made his professional debut for Toulouse in 2012 at the age of 18. Coming as a substitute in the 69th minute in a match against AC Ajaccio in La Liga, Rodrigues failed to meet the expectations. The next two years at Toulouse saw him spending most of time on the bench following which he was moved to the club's B team in 2014.
Having represented France in the U18 and U19 formats, he was called up for the Portugal U21 squad in 2016 to play in the UEFA European Championship. The next year saw him making his international debut in a friendly match against Saudi Arabia, where he played for the whole length of the match. Rodrigues has not managed to play another international match for the Portugal since his debut.
Rise to glory
Rodrigues grabbed the world's attention after his transfer to the La Liga giants, Real Sociedad in 2015. Joining the B team in 2015, Rodrigues put his head down and worked hard. Playing for 2 years in the B team, Rodrigues appeared in 56 games and even scored on six occasions. Kevin,who was traditionally a midfielder, converted to a wing back in the club and was successful immediately.
Following his impressive performance with the B team, Rodrigues was promoted to the A team in 2017 and has appeared in 10 games so far. His first goal came in September 2017 in a march against Real Madrid. Interestingly, Rodrigues also netted an own goal in the same match and Sociedad ended up losing 1-3. With the FIFA World Cup just round the corner, the Portuguese would be hoping to impress the national selectors by his performance in La Liga.