Rodrigo Moreno Machado is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker and a winger. He has been a huge asset for whichever team he has played for due to his versatility. He is a proficient striker as well as an effective winger on both sides.
He was born on 6 March 1991 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has great skill and speed coupled with superb ball control and dribbling ability.
Rodrigo moved to Spain after being born in Brazil and settled in Galicia. He started his football journey with Celta de Vigo and moved to Real Madrid in 2009 to aid his growth as a player.
He soon started playing with the C team of Real Madrid. After impressing everyone, he was promoted to the B team and made his debut in 2009. The talented young player was selected for the Spanish Under-19 team and scored 6 goals in 11 appearances for the team.
In April 2011, he made his debut for the Spain Under-20 team against Italy Under-20 which Spain won by 0-1. He scored 3 goals in 6 appearances for the Under-20 team.
He made his debut for the Spain Under-21 team against the Georgia Under-21 team which Spain won by 2-7. Rodrigo netted three times in the match. He has scored 15 goals in 16 appearances for the Spain Under-21 team. He also became the European Under-21 champion in 2013.
He made his international debut for Spain on 12 October 2014 against Luxembourg in the European Qualifiers which Spain won by 0-4. He provided one assist to Juan Bernat which was the final goal of the match.
After having a stint with Real Madrid, Rodrigo moved to S.L. Benfica in July 2010. A month later he was loaned for a season to Bolton Wanderers and made his official debut in September at Burnley. He has scored one goal along with one assist for Bolton.
The next season he returned to Benfica and scored 16 goals along with 4 assists in 38 appearances for Benfica in that season. He has since then scored 45 goals along with 17 assists in 119 appearances for Benfica.
In July 2014, Rodrigo agreed on a season long loan to Valencia CF and scored 4 goals and 5 assists in 32 appearances in that season for Valencia. In June 2015, Rodrigo signed a four year contract with Valencia. He has since then scored a total of 30 goals along with 20 assists in 123 appearances for Valencia.
Rodrigo has appeared three times for the national team and has scored one goal in them. He is also the 2014 Portuguese Cup winner with Benfica, a two time Portuguese League Cup Winner and a one-time Portuguese Champion with SL Benfica.