Rodri, whose full name is Rodrigo Hernández Cascante, is a professional footballer from Spain. He was born on June 22, 1996, in Madrid, Spain. Rodri primarily plays as a defensive midfielder and is known for his exceptional skills in the position.
Rodri began his youth career at Rayo Majadahonda before joining the academy of Atlético Madrid, one of Spain’s top football clubs. He made his senior debut for Atlético Madrid B in the 2015-2016 season, playing in the Segunda División B. Rodri’s impressive performances caught the attention of the first-team coaching staff, and he was soon promoted to the senior squad.
In 2018, Rodri made a big move to English Premier League club Manchester City, signing a five-year contract. The transfer fee of around €70 million made him the most expensive Spanish player at the time. At Manchester City, Rodri quickly established himself as a key player in Pep Guardiola’s midfield, displaying excellent passing ability, tactical awareness, and physicality.
Rodri’s playing style is characterized by his ability to control the tempo of the game, distribute the ball efficiently, and break up opposition attacks with his well-timed tackles and interceptions. He is also adept at winning aerial duels and provides a strong defensive presence in the midfield.
Internationally, Rodri has represented Spain at various youth levels and made his senior debut in 2018. He has since become a regular member of the Spanish national team, participating in major tournaments such as the UEFA Nations League and the European Championship.
In addition to his defensive contributions, Rodri has also shown his versatility by occasionally playing as a center-back, showcasing his adaptability and versatility on the field. With his technical skills, tactical intelligence, and composure under pressure, Rodri has established himself as one of the promising young midfielders in world football.