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Maximiliano Rodríguez biography

Maximiliano Rubén "Maxi" Rodríguez (born 2 January 1981 in Rosario, Santa Fe) is an Argentina Association football who plays for England Association Football team Liverpool F.C., who play in the F.A. Premier League. Nicknamed La Fiera, Maximiliano Rodríguez is commonly used as a Midfielder Winger or a Midfielder Winger, but can also operate as an Midfielder Attacking midfielder.

Rodríguez arrived in Spain in Maximiliano Rodríguez early 20s, and went on to spend the bulk of Maximiliano Rodríguez professional career there, playing for RCD Espanyol and Atlético Madrid and amassing La Liga totals of 232 games and 58 goals, over the course of eight seasons.

Club career

Newell's Old Boys

Rodríguez came through the youth set-up at Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine Primera División, and played for the club for three seasons before moving to Spain.


In 2002, Rodríguez moved to La Liga with RCD Espanyol, Maximiliano Rodríguez league debut coming on 2 September in a 0–2 loss against Real Madrid C.F..

Maximiliano Rodríguez played 37 matches in every campaign with the Catalonia, scoring 15 times during 2004–05 La Liga, including the club's 2000th Spanish league goal.

Atlético Madrid

At the start of the 2005–06 La Liga, Rodríguez moved to Atlético Madrid for a transfer fee of Euro5 million, where Maximiliano Rodríguez continued to post consistent numbers. In 2006–07 La Liga, Maximiliano Rodríguez suffered, alongside teammate (and winger) Martin Petrov, a serious knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament), which limited Maximiliano Rodríguez to only 10 appearances.

On 10 November 2009, Rodríguez put four goals past UD Marbella in the 2009–10 Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg, in an eventual 6–0 home win (8–0 aggregate). After the 2007 departure of Fernando Torres to Liverpool F.C., Maximiliano Rodríguez was selected as the new Captain (association football).


On 13 January 2010, Rodríguez completed a free transfer to Liverpool, signing a three-and-a-half year deal and being given the number 17 shirt. Maximiliano Rodríguez made Maximiliano Rodríguez debut for the club as a second-half Substitute (association football) in a Premier League match against Stoke City F.C. on the 16th, Maximiliano Rodríguez first full start coming a week and a half later, away to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C..

In Maximiliano Rodríguez first games for Liverpool, Rodríguez gained two league Assist (football), both of which were for former Atlético teammate Torres. Maximiliano Rodríguez scored Maximiliano Rodríguez first goal for the club in a 4–0 win over Burnley F.C. at Turf Moor on 25 April 2010 playing the full 90 minutes.

2010-11 was a good season for Maxi, scoring 10 league goals for Liverpool. Maximiliano Rodríguez scored 3 under Roy Hodgson against Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and Aston Villa. Maxi did not score again until Liverpool's 5-0 win over Birmingham City when Maximiliano Rodríguez scored a hat-trick. Maximiliano Rodríguez followed up a week later scoring a deflected shot against Newcastle United. Maxi scored another hat-trick for Liverpool the following week in their 5-2 win at Craven Cottage, scoring 2 goals in the opening 7 minutes, the first being just after 32 seconds. Maximiliano Rodríguez completed Maximiliano Rodríguez hat-trick with an ambitious effort from 25 yards out.

On 8 July 2011, Maxi switched Maximiliano Rodríguez number from 17 to 11. On 16 July 2011 Maxi scored twice in Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Malaysia national football team, which finished 6-3 to the Reds. On 24 August 2011, Maxi was given Maximiliano Rodríguez first start of the season in a Football League Cup tie against Exeter City F.C., which Liverpool went on to win 3-1 with Maxi scoring the second goal.
On 20 November 2011 Maximiliano Rodríguez scored against Chelsea F.C. following a build-up with teammate Craig Bellamy, the game ended 2-1 for Liverpool F.C. with goals from Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool and Chelsea, respectively. Nine days later, Maximiliano Rodríguez scored in the same end yet again from a Craig Bellamy assist against Chelsea in the Carling Cup quarter final at Stamford Bridge, the match finished 2-0 with Martin Kelly getting the other. On 26 December Maximiliano Rodríguez scored a goal against Blackburn Rovers to make the match 1-1, the match ended 1-1 the other goal was Charlie Adam own goal, making it Maximiliano Rodríguez 2nd Premier League goal of the season.

International career

Rodríguez won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Argentina national under-20 football team on home turf, scoring four goals in seven matches, scoring the first and last goals for the winners.

Maximiliano Rodríguez made Maximiliano Rodríguez Argentina national football team debut in a friendly match against Japan national football team on June 8, 2003, in which Maximiliano Rodríguez also scored. After being part of the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup squad, Rodríquez was called for the 2006 FIFA World Cup by national boss José Pekerman. On 16 June, Maximiliano Rodríguez scored twice in 2006 FIFA World Cup Group C Argentina vs Serbia and Montenegro over Serbia and Montenegro national football team in the group stage.

In the round of 16, Rodríguez scored the winning goal against Mexico national football team in a 2006 FIFA World Cup knockout stage Argentina vs Mexico. Maximiliano Rodríguez controlled a cross-field pass from Juan Pablo Sorín with Maximiliano Rodríguez chest before volleying it into the top corner of Oswaldo Sánchez net from outside the penalty area with Maximiliano Rodríguez left foot, in the 98th minute. In an unofficial online poll by FIFA, it was voted the best goal of the tournament.

After Argentina lost the quarter-final game against Germany national football team on 30 June 2006, Rodríguez punched German player Bastian Schweinsteiger in the back. FIFA fined Maximiliano Rodríguez Swiss franc5,000 and suspended Maximiliano Rodríguez from two matches in the 2007 Copa América for violent conduct. However, after a serious knee injury in a friendly with Spain national football team in October 2006, Maximiliano Rodríguez missed the continental competition, as national team manager Alfio Basile, whom initially intended to select the player, eventually rested Maximiliano Rodríguez for precaution.

Rodríguez scored in Diego Maradona's first game in charge of Argentina, a 0–1 friendly win in Scotland national football team. On 19 May 2010, Maximiliano Rodríguez was named in the squad of 23 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and, in the last home game before the finals five days later, scored twice against Canada men's national soccer team, a freekick from a sharp angle and Maximiliano Rodríguez received a pass from Carlos Tévez to slot home in a 5–0 win.

International goals

Argentina's goal tally first

Club statistics


Liverpool F.C.
- Football League Cup
- - Winner (1): 2011–12_Football_League_Cup

- Argentina national football team:
- - FIFA U-20 World Cup Winner: 2001

Other ventures

In 2009, Rodríguez appeared in a music video for Coti, starring alongside former Atlético teammate Diego Forlán.


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