Valencia CF vs Rayo Vallecano

Nov, 24 / 16:15 Matchday 13

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
December, 05 2017

Rodrigo has been destined to play for Valencia since 2004

He and Thiago Alcantara underwent a trial with Valencia, but his father started a footballing project in Vigo which led to him being picked up by Celta’s academy

Back in 2004, Rodrigo Moreno pulled on Valencia CF’s shirt for the first time when he arrived at the club’s training facilities to undergo a trial alongside Thiago Alcantara. He was just 13 years old and had been playing in Val Miñor, on the outskirts of Vigo, but in his mind he knew that he would be a footballer.

FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol also gave him trials, but he loved Valencia and didn’t think twice about getting a photo with first-team player David Albelda. His destiny seemed clear, but at the last moment his father Adalberto Machado (an elegant right full back who had played for Flamengo in the 1980s) decided to start up a football school in Vigo. From there, it ended up settling the debate. Rodrigo would play with Celta's academy.

He carried on his development with La Celeste, where he rose through the youth levels before signing for Real Madrid in 2009. While with Celta he enjoyed some unforgettable experiences, his 2008/2009 season standing out in particular. His side got to the final of their Champions Cup competition in Almuñécar, where they lost 0-2 to an FC Barcelona side that had Martín Montoya among their ranks. In another cup, they were defeated by Athletic Club, but they only lost those two games through the entire season. From that Celta youth squad, Hugo Mallo has gone on to captain the club’s first team.

The first opportunity for Rodrigo to join Valencia passed without incident, but destiny was to deal him a second hand. After coming back to Benfica from a loan in England with Bolton Wanderers, he signed for VCF on July 23rd 2014. Little by little, he has since battled his way to play for both the first team as a key man and his country. Every time that he plays against Celta, Rodrigo will have plenty of his childhood memories flooding back to him, those of cold nights where he had to press on and keep smiling. Now, he has the instincts of a great goalscorer and a great left foot. Rodrigo may have gotten older, but on the pitch he is still direct, quick and creates space for his teammates with just one objective in mind: the goal.