Rodrigo Javier De Paul (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈðɾiɣo ðe pol];[3] born 24 May 1994) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder or right midfielder for La Liga club Atlético Madrid and the Argentina national team. He was a member of the Argentina team that won the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Rodrigo De Paul
De Paul in 2024
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Javier De Paul[1]
Date of birth (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 30)
Place of birth Sarandí, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Central midfielder, right midfielder
Team information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 5
Youth career
2002–2012 Racing Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Racing Club 54 (6)
2014–2016 Valencia 34 (1)
2016Racing Club (loan) 11 (0)
2016–2021 Udinese 177 (33)
2021– Atlético Madrid 100 (8)
International career
2018– Argentina 63 (2)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Argentina
FIFA World Cup
Winner 2022 Qatar
Copa América
Winner 2021 Brazil
Third place 2019 Brazil
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
Winner 2022 England
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:57, 25 May 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 03:40, 10 June 2024 (UTC)

Club career

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Racing Club

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Born in Sarandí, Greater Buenos Aires, De Paul joined Racing Club's youth setup in 2002, aged eight.[4] He was called up to the main squad on 24 June 2012, while still a junior, for a match against Vélez Sarsfield, but remained unused in the 1–2 home loss.

On 10 February 2013, De Paul played his first match as a professional, replacing Mauro Camoranesi in the 86th minute of a 0–3 loss at Atlético de Rafaela.[5] He scored his first goal a month later, netting the last through a long-range shot in a 3–0 win at San Martín de San Juan.[6]

De Paul appeared in 19 matches during the 2012–13 campaign. He then played a key part in 2013–14, featuring in 35 matches and scoring four times.

Valencia

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On 9 May 2014, it was announced that Valencia CF agreed to a US$6.5 million deal for De Paul with Racing.[7] He signed a five-year deal with Los Che on 6 June,[8] and made his La Liga debut on 23 August under head coach Nuno Espírito Santo, replacing Paco Alcácer in the 65th minute in a 1–1 away draw against Sevilla FC, but being sent off just one minute later due to fouling Aleix Vidal.[9]

He scored his first goal for the club on 4 December 2014 in the 2–1 win against Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey.[10] He followed this up with his first La Liga goal on 9 April 2015 against Athletic Bilbao,[11] making 29 appearances in all competitions during his first season at the club.

After making 14 appearances in all competitions during the first half of the 2015-16 season, including two in the Champions League. On 4 February 2016, he was loaned out by then Valencia manager Gary Neville to his former side Racing Club.[12] He scored his first and only goal in a victory against Bolívar on 24 February in the Copa Libertadores.[13]

Udinese

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On 20 July 2016, De Paul was transferred to Italian Serie A club Udinese.[14] He made his debut on 20 August 2016 against AS Roma in a 4–0 defeat. He scored his first goal for the club on 29 January 2017 against AC Milan in a 2–1 victory.[15]

He started the 2018–19 season with four goals in the first six matches of the Serie A season.[16] He would finish the season as Udinese top goal scorer with nine goals during the 2018–19 Udinese Calcio season and also nine assists.[17]

On 15 October 2019, De Paul signed a new five-year contract at Udinese.[17] He would score seven goals and gain six assists for Udinese in Serie A during the 2019–20 season.[18]

De Paul became Udinese's club captain in December 2020, replacing Kevin Lasagna.[19]

Atlético Madrid

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On 12 July 2021, De Paul signed a five-year contract with Atlético Madrid. He joined his new club just days after winning the Copa América with Argentina.[20] On 7 December 2021, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 away win against FC Porto in the final group game of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League.

International career

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De Paul playing for Argentina at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

De Paul made his senior international debut for Argentina in a 4–0 victory against Iraq on 11 October 2018,[21] and later became a regular under manager Lionel Scaloni; he was part of the Argentina squad that finished third in the Copa América 2019 after beating Chile 2–1 in the third-place match.[22]

On 3 July 2021, De Paul scored the opening goal in a 3–0 win over Ecuador in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Copa América in Brazil.[23] In the final of the tournament against the hosts Brazil, De Paul's long pass set up Ángel Di María to score the only goal of the match, allowing Argentina to capture their joint record 15th Copa América title and their first major international title since 2008.[24][25] He was also part of the squad that won the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[26]

Personal life

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Rodrigo's mother is of Italian descent, which earned him Italian citizenship.[27][28] De Paul was in a relationship with Argentine model Camila Homs for twelve years. They have two children together. In January 2022, the couple confirmed that they were separating.[29] De Paul dated Argentine singer Tini from August 2022 to August 2023.[30]

Career statistics

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Club

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As of match played 25 May 2024[31][32]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Racing 2012–13 Argentine Primera División 19 2 1 0 0 0 20 2
2013–14 35 4 0 0 2[b] 0 37 4
Total 54 6 1 0 2 0 57 6
Valencia 2014–15 La Liga 25 1 4 1 29 2
2015–16 9 0 3 0 3[c] 0 15 0
Total 34 1 7 1 3 0 44 2
Racing (loan) 2016 Argentine Primera División 11 0 1 0 3[d] 1 15 1
Udinese 2016–17 Serie A 34 4 1 1 35 5
2017–18 37 4 2 0 39 4
2018–19 36 9 1 0 37 9
2019–20 34 7 1 0 35 7
2020–21 36 9 2 0 38 9
Total 177 33 7 1 184 34
Atlético Madrid 2021–22 La Liga 36 3 2 0 9[c] 1 1[e] 0 48 4
2022–23 30 2 3 0 5[c] 1 38 3
2023–24 34 3 5 0 8[c] 1 1[e] 0 48 4
Total 100 8 10 0 22 3 2 0 134 11
Career total 376 48 26 2 30 4 2 0 434 54
  1. ^ Includes Copa Argentina, Copa del Rey, Coppa Italia
  2. ^ Appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  3. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  5. ^ a b Appearance in Supercopa de España

International

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As of match played 9 June 2024[31]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2018 3 0
2019 14 0
2020 4 0
2021 15 2
2022 15 0
2023 9 0
2024 3 0
Total 63 2
As of match played 10 October 2021.
Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each De Paul goal.
List of international goals scored by Rodrigo De Paul
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 July 2021 Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico, Goiânia, Brazil   Ecuador 1–0 3–0 2021 Copa América
2 10 October 2021 Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina   Uruguay 2–0 3–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

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Argentina

Individual

  • Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2021[35]

References

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  3. ^ "Rodrigo De Paul en Llave a la Eternidad" [Rodrigo De Paul in Key to Eternity]. YouTube (in Spanish). Televisión Pública. 14 June 2023. Archived from the original on 14 August 2023. Retrieved 15 August 2023.
  4. ^ Así es Rodrigo de Paul, nuevo jugador del Valencia CF (This is Rodrigo de Paul, new player of Valencia CF) Archived 11 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Deporte Valenciano, 2 May 2014 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ En su casa, Atlético de Rafaela goleó a Racing (At home, Atlético de Rafaela thrashed Racing) Archived 10 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Mundo D, 10 February 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ En otro partido con incidentes, Racing goleó y ayudó a Independiente (In another match with incidents, Racing thrashed and helped Independiente) Archived 8 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine; Cancha Llena, 10 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Comunicado Oficial (Official announcement) Archived 13 November 2022 at the Wayback Machine; Valencia's official website, 9 May 2014 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Rodrigo de Paul, nuevo jugador del Valencia CF (Rodrigo de Paul, new player of Valencia CF) Archived 30 November 2022 at the Wayback Machine; Valencia's official website, 6 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Punto de fe del Valencia" [Valencia point of faith] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 August 2014. Archived from the original on 16 June 2021. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
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  11. ^ "Athletic Bilbao 1 Valencia 1". Sports Mole. 9 April 2015. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
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  19. ^ "Lasagna "declassato"? Nonostante la sua titolarità ieri il capitano era De Paul". tuttoudinese.it (in Italian). Tutto Udinese. 24 December 2020. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
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