At 42 years old, Maxi Rodríguez has this physical status:
Maximiliano "Maxi" Rubén Rodres (Spanish pronunciation: [maksi rooes]; born 2 January 1981) is an Argentine former footballer. He was most commonly used as a winger on both flanks but also as an attacking midfielder, as shown by the nickname La Fiera (the Beast in English).
Rodrez started playing in Spain in his early 20s and went on to spend the majority of his professional career there, playing for Espanyol and Atlético Madrid and amassing La Liga totals of 232 matches and 58 goals over eight seasons. He spent two years with Liverpool in England, and started and ended his career at Newell's Old Boys.
Rodrez, an Argentine international for 11 years, represented the country in three World Cups, placing second in 2014 and finishing second.
Rodrez, who was born in Rosario, Santa Fe, was part of the Old Boys in Newell's Primera División. He was with the club for three seasons before heading to Spain.
Rodrez debuted in 2002, when he joined RCD Espanyol in a 0–2 loss against Real Madrid in La Membership. He appeared in 37 games with the Catalans in his entire career, scoring 15 goals in his last season.
Rodrez left Atlético Madrid for a €5 million transfer fee, where he continued to produce consistent numbers at the start of the 2005-06 season. He suffered with a serious knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament) in his second year, limiting him to only ten appearances.
Rodro's four goals over UD Marbella in the Copa del Rey second leg on November 10, 2009, a thrilling 6–0 aggregate victory (9–0 aggregate). Fernando Torres' deposition in 2007 was chosen as the new club captain; he did not participate in the Colchoneros' 2009-2010 Europa League campaign, which ended in conquest.
Rodrez completed a free transfer to Liverpool on January 13, 2010, a three-and-a-half year contract; Rafael Bentez, who won his signature, said he is "comfortable on the ball, will pass and keep possession." He's good at getting into the box and scoring goals, as well as a good finisher, and the player was given the number 17 shirt, Flickr's first-half replacement against Stoke City on the 16th. In a 0–0 away draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, his first full start came a week and a half later.
In his first games, Rodrs scored two league assists, both for former Atlético teammate Torres. He scored his first competitive goal in a 4–0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on April 25, 2010. He was in the full 90 minutes.
Rodrez, who scored ten league goals for the team, had a good individual season in 2010–11, with hat-tricks against Birmingham City (5–0 home win) and Fulham (5–2) at Craven Cottage). He scored twice in the first seven minutes – the first being just over 32 seconds – and ended his match with a 25-yard kick.
Rodr's jersey number was changed to 11 in a pre-season friendly against Malaysia the following day, which resulted in a 6–3 victory. In an eventual 3–1 away win, he was given his first game of the season in a League Cup match against Exeter City on August 24 and netted his second.
Rodr1 scored against Chelsea on November 20, 2011, after a build-up with colleague Craig Bellamy, with Liverpool winning the game 2–1 at Stamford Bridge on November 20th. In a 2–0 League Cup victory and later against the same opponent and again with the Welshman's decisive pass being made, his team went on to win the latter competition.
Rodr1 scored his second league goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against Blackburn Rovers on December 26, 2011. For a 3–2 away victory over the same opponent, he netted his last two on April 10, 2012.
Rodro played for 73 official games and 17 goals scored on July 13, 2012, and rejoined Liverpool's Old Boys, his first professional club in Newell, Spain. Before his resignation, he wrote an open letter to the Reds fans, thanking them for his service in his two-and-a-half years.
Rodrez played his first match for the club since being suspended on August 5th, 2012, beating Club Atlético Independiente. According to him, football in his world is now "worse than ten years ago." He helped the team win the Torneo Final in June 2013, finishing with the Argentinian football Alumni award in June 2013.
Rodrez, 36, moved to Pearol, Uruguay, in July 2017. He won the league in both of his seasons in Montevideo and then resigned to Newell's on an 18-month contract in the last days of 2018.
Rodrs resignation at the age of 40 was announced on November 27th, 2021, after being greeted to a standing ovation at home against Club Atlético Banfield in his last match. Ignacio Scocco, the president of Hughes Foot Ball Club in Santa Fe Province, joined the Liga Venadense de Ftbol (a provincial football league) the following January, but not before.
Rodrez was the first and last for the eventual winners of the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, defending four goals in seven games, including the first and last for the Argentine under-20s. On June 8, 2003, he made his full team debut against Japan in a friendly match against Japan, in which he also found the net.
Rodrez was selected by national coach José Pékerman for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and he scored twice in Argentina's 6–0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro in the group stage on June 16th. He scored the winning goal against Mexico in a 2–1 extra time victory: In the 98th minute, he ran a cross-field pass from Juan Pablo Sorn with his chest before volleying it into the top corner of Oswaldo Sánchez's net from outside the penalty area with his left foot in an unofficial online poll conducted by FIFA; he was voted the best goal of the tournament.
Rodro punched Bastian Schweinste Former Argentina in the back after losing in the quarter-finals against Germany on June 30, 2006. FIFA banned him CHF5,000 and barred him from two matches in the 2007 Copa América for violent conduct. However, after a serious knee injury in a friendly with Spain in October 2006, he missed the continental tournament as national team boss Alfio Basile, who initially planned to select the player, but then decided against precaution.
In Diego Maradona's first game as in charge of Argentina, Rodrsco scored a 1–0 friendly victory in Scotland. He was selected in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa on May 19th, 2010; he scored twice against Canada in his last home game before the finals were determined.
Rodrez made Argentina's list for the 2014 World Cup in June 2014. He started in his team's first game, a 2–1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Estádio do Maracane, before being ability for Gonzalo Higua at halftime. He was only fielded again in the semi-finals against the Netherlands, converting the vitale penalty membru shootout attempt (0–0 after 120 minutes) to send his country into the final for the first time in 24 years.