Rodrigo Moreno Machado is a Spanish footballer who played with Real Madrid, Benfica, Valencia, and Leeds United in the English Premier League. Rodrigo Moreno Machado was born in Rio, Brazil, and played his youth football in South America. Rodrigo Moreno Machado managed over 400 appearances for different clubs throughout his career and scored 113 goals across various clubs and Leagues. From 2002 to 2010, Moreno played with several youth teams such as Flamengo, Ureca, Celta, and Real Madrid. In 2009, the player officially signed for Real Madrid C and B teams but never got the opportunity to represent the first team. The player is currently 30, and for a winger, it could mean his time in the big leagues is limited. However, Moreno may contribute another top-class performance across the next two seasons in the Premier League based on current Rodrigo Moreno Machado player reviews. Moreno is the son of ex-footballer Adalberto, who played as left-back in Brazil. He is a close and personal friend of Thiago (Spain) and Rafinha (Brazil). The latter are siblings and children of Mazinho, Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winner.
Rodrigo Moreno Machado 5 Years Career At Benfica
In 2010, Moreno was sold to Benfica on a 5-year contract for 5 million Pounds. However, Madrid had an option clause to rebuy the player twice that amount in the next two seasons, which wasn’t exercised. So for his first season, the player was loaned to the then Premier League side, Bolton. Moreno managed 18 appearances out of a possible 38 and even scored a goal. For the 2011 season, Moreno scored 16 goals in 38 matches, playing almost every game of the season. As a result, the team managed to win the Taca de Portugal for the fourth time. Moreno and Benefica almost won the quadruple in 2013 but suffered a loss in the Europa League finals. However, the team managed to win the treble the same season and lifted the Taca de Portugal, the League Cup, and the Primeira Liga.
Rodrigo Moreno Machado 4 Years Career At Valencia
In 2014, Moreno was loaned to Valencia, and Rodrigo was playing once again in Spain. Moreno managed to impress in his first season, but not without being sent off or being banned from games. Valencia decided to buy the player permanently and signed Moreno to a 4.5-year deal for almost 30 million Pounds. For the first three years, the player was still trying to find his feet at the club before scoring an impressive 19 goal tally in 2017 as Valencia qualified for the Champions League. After a fantastic season, the player was tied down to a 100 million Pound release clause and a new deal for the next five years, and better wages. Moreno would score against Ajax, Chelsea, and Barcelona for the next season, helping the club qualify to the knockout round of the Champions League and lift the Copa del Rey.
Rodrigo Moreno Machado At Leeds United
In 2020, Valencia sold Moreno to Leeds in a club transfer record of 27 million Pounds on a 4-year contract. Rodrigo netted his first English Premier League goal against Manchester United in a game that ended in a goal apiece. Bielsa signed the player as part of the manager’s strategy to keep Leeds United up in the Premier League. Leeds United currently sits in 10th place with a handful of matches left and can even finish in 7th place with a run of suitable games towards the end of the season. The Leeds United player is currently on three goals in 18 appearances and will improve that run the following season. Moreno joined Leed’s main attack alongside Patrick Bamford, Raphinha, Helder Costa, Tyler Roberts, and Joe Gelhardt.
Rodrigo Moreno Machado In Spain
Internationally, Moreno played with the Spanish junior and senior teams and is currently part of the Spanish national squad. In 2014, Moreno was selected to play in the 2016 EUROs and played a single qualification match before his next appearance in 2017. Moreno was also chosen for the FIFA World Cup in Russia (2018). Rodrigo managed to score eight goals for Spain in 25 appearances in the past seven years.