|Born||Jun 22, 1996|
Manchester City and Spain international Rodri is widely regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in world soccer. Planet Sport looks at his career so far.
Rodrigo Hernandez Cascante, better known as Rodri, is a Spanish soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the Spanish national team.
Previously, he has played for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, having started his youth career at Rayo Majadahonda.
Rodri is a defensive midfielder known for his technical ability on the ball and his influence in breaking up play.
After being released from the Atletico Madrid academy in 2013 due to a "lack of physical strength", he signed for Villarreal and his performances convinced Atletico to buy him back in 2018.
After the 2018/19 season, Manchester City activated Rodri's £62.6million release clause to sign the player.
Joining Manchester City
Manchester City signed Rodri on 3 July 2019. The £62.6million fee was City's transfer record until they paid a reported £64million for Ruben Dias.
With Fernandinho covering at centre-back, as an option to replace the departed Vincent Kompany, Rodri was signed to add another holding midfielder to Manchester City's ranks.
Rodri's debut season for Manchester City, 2019/20, was one of highs and lows.
He played 52 matches in all competitions and scored four goals, winning the League Cup. However, City lost their Premier League title to Liverpool and were eliminated by Olympique Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Time in Madrid
After leaving Atletico Madrid's academy in 2013, Rodri moved to Villarreal.
In December 2015, Rodri made his first-team debut against SD Huesca in the Copa del Rey. he soon established himself as a first team regular and did enough to convince Atletico to sign him back for a reported €25million.
Rodri rejoined Atletico Madrid after the 2017/18 season and made his first team debut in the UEFA Super Cup win against Real Madrid.
Rodri played a total of 47 matches for Atletico Madrid in all competitions during the course of 2018/19, scoring three goals. Atletico finished second in La Liga, 11 points behind Barcelona.
Rodri played for Spain at U-16, U-19 and U-21 levels. He was part of the squad which won the 2015 U-19 UEFA European Championship before making his senior debut in March 2018 in a friendly against Germany.
Rodri continued to feature regularly for the Spanish national team and scored his first goal for his country in a 6-0 UEFA Nations League drubbing of Germany in November 2020.
Rodri earned a degree in business and economics from the University of Castellon. He is known for shunning social media and the flashy soccer player lifestyle.
Rodri's net worth is currently unknown.