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Juan Rodrigo Rojas Avelar (born 9 April 1988 in Fernando de la Mora) is a Paraguayan football midfielder who plays for Club Olimpia.[1]

Rodrigo Rojas
Personal information
Full name Juan Rodrigo Rojas Avelar
Date of birth (1988-04-09) 9 April 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder, Right Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Olimpia
Youth career
Olimpia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Olimpia 57 (12)
2010River Plate (loan) 19 (0)
2011 Libertad 13 (0)
2011 Beerschot 5 (0)
2012–2013 O'Higgins 50 (11)
2013–2014 Universidad de Chile 33 (4)
2014 Monterrey 10 (0)
2015–2018 Cerro Porteño 79 (11)
2019– Olimpia 6 (1)
National team
2009– Paraguay 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2019

Rojas ranked number 4 in a list of the most expensive players in Paraguayan football for 2015 published by Diario Extra.[2]

CareerEdit

Olimpia AsunciónEdit

Rojas started his career in the youth divisions of Olimpia and made his way to the first team in 2007. He became a regular starter for the team in 2009 scoring many goals and having great performances as a midfielder. Due to his good performances for Olimpia he was called up to the national team by Gerardo Martino. On 11 January 2010, River Plate signed the Paraguayan attacking midfielder on loan from Olimpia. He is a great midfielder with a strong personality and so he was recommended by Martino and Gregorio Perez.

River PlateEdit

He made his River debut against the all time rival, Boca Juniors. While it was only a friendly pre-season match, Boca played with their usual starters. River, however, gave playing time to mostly youth talent along with veteran captain Matias Almeyda. Rojas' first half strike from just outside the box opened up what would be a 3-1 win over the archrivals.

O'HigginsEdit

After a brief loan spell with Belgian club Beerschot, Rojas signed for mid-level Chilean team O'Higgins, slowly becoming an integral part of the team, being used both as a starter and off the bench in a variety of positions to contribute to the team's play-making and score several key goals. As of April 23, 2012, Rojas had 4 goals in 10 matches played (5 of them as a substitute).

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