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Albertini 12-05-2017 01:02

Official: Ricardo Rodríguez Thread
 
Report: Milan get Ricardo Rodriguez

http://www.football-italia.net/10244...ardo-rodriguez

http://www.football-italia.net/sites...ez-R-epa_5.jpg


I don't think there is a thread for him, never created a thread before I think.

I haven't watched him much this season and ive heard some wolfsburg fans would be happy to see him leave. Still it's very encouraging to see our first signing may be a left back and we have actually scouted a talented player from a club we don't usually deal with.

Question: Have milan ever spent this much money on a LB before?

Savo 12-05-2017 07:09

too much money for this guy. he'll be solid, not outstanding... only link i haven't liked so far and hes the first one we go for... great....

Massaro94 12-05-2017 08:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by Albertini (Post 2639783)

Question: Have milan ever spent this much money on a LB before?

No

jammin 13-05-2017 05:43

Looks like a bootleg Mario Yepes

necromancer 13-05-2017 08:11

Rob van Dam

Mion-Moura 16-05-2017 05:58

fifa 13

SpartanMilan 20-05-2017 03:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by Albertini (Post 2639783)

Question: Have milan ever spent this much money on a LB before?

We tried once.

Hope this guy has good teeth

IL Diavolo 3 20-05-2017 03:14

we have spent more if numbers to be believed

jankulovski 18
oddo 12 plus foggia
serghinho around 13

Albertini 21-05-2017 05:33

i think yanku was far less. that would have been a fortune back then.

Nestafan 24-05-2017 20:36

Will he be out new penalty taker next season?
Good on free kicks too. Could share those with Bona.

necromancer 25-05-2017 07:09

Since Honda was the only good one, I guess he'll get freekick duties along with Bona.


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Mario 05-06-2017 19:50

Fassone was in Germany today to close the deal... it is actually happening
@RossoneriBlog
Ricardo Rodriguez medical on Wednesday. [Sky]

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Great article on what we can expect from RR -


Wolfsburg's Rodriguez won't come cheap, but he's ready for the big times


Quote:

Ricardo Rodriguez has been a transfer target for a number of big clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Inter Milan are reportedly queuing up to sign Switzerland international left-back Ricardo Rodriguez and they have good reason to do so.

Here are five reasons why the Wolfsburg star would be a great purchase:

He's young, but experienced

Rodriguez is only 24, but he has been playing at the highest level for a long time. Destined for stardom ever since winning the Under-17 World Cup with Switzerland in 2009, he soon became a regular at FC Zurich before moving to Wolfsburg in January 2012 for €7.5 million.

During the last five years, Rodriguez has consistently been one of the best full-backs in the Bundesliga and he was imperious when the Wolves finished as runners-up in the 2014-15 season. His contribution to their remarkable run to the Champions League quarterfinals last season was also immense. He knows what it takes to play on the biggest stage and handles pressure well.

Rodriguez's position in the national team has been undisputed for more than five years as well. Very highly praised by Ottmar Hitzfeld in the beginning of his career, Rodriguez was ever-present for Switzerland at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, playing extremely well on both occasions. He has 45 caps to his name already and could be on course to break Heinz Hermann's all-time record, which stands on 118 international appearances.

His attacking contribution is extraordinary
Rodriguez is a very attack-minded defender. He is speedy, possesses great technical skills and excels at both quality crosses from the wing and long balls on the counter. Throughout his career, the Swiss has averaged more than 1.5 key passes per game. That ratio skyrocketed to over 2.0 in Wolfsburg's best seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15 -- a very remarkable stat for a defender, only comparable to Dani Alves.

His shooting technique is very good and while he's able to send pin-point passes, the full-back also excels at curling shots and firing from distance. In addition, Rodriguez is a dead-ball specialist, usually taking penalties, free kicks and corners for Wolfsburg. Such an array of skills enabled him to become one of his team's most potent attacking weapons. He contributed five goals and a Bundesliga-best eight assists for a defender in 2013-14 and those stats stood at six goals and five assists in 2014-15.

He rarely commits fouls
He might spend a lot of time in the opponents' half, but Rodriguez's speed and stamina enable him to backtrack quickly. He covers plenty of ground in every match, is rarely caught out of position and doesn't give away free kicks. In fact, the Swiss star has committed less than one foul per game since 2014.

Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez will have ample opportunity to shine with Switzerland at the Euros.
Ricardo Rodriguez mixes his attacking flair with speed, stamina and good positioning in defence.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Rodriguez concedes very few cards. He has only been sent off once in his entire career, while getting cautioned just nine times in five Bundesliga seasons (and none at all this campaign). The Swiss was only yellow-carded once in European competitions and twice in his 45 matches for the national team. Those numbers are absolutely breathtaking for a defender.

He has an outstanding personality
Born in Zurich to a Chilean mother and a Spanish father, Rodriguez is multilingual and multicultural. He is a role model as a professional -- never making negative headlines and always dedicated to his team. Not for nothing he was described as "the silent phenomenon" by Swiss newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung. The fast rise didn't change his personality and he keeps his feet firmly on the ground.

One of the best examples of Rodriguez's character is his unusual friendship with a 12-year-old fan in 2013. The kid, Joey Meister, used to come and watch Wolfsburg training sessions, and was noticed by the full-back who decided to take care of him. Rodriguez drove the youngster to the train station in his car almost every day and the pair became close. Joey even called Rodriguez his "best friend and personal taxi driver."

He's desperate for a new challenge

Rodriguez believed that Wolfsburg could become one of the top teams in Europe when extending his contract until 2019 two years ago, but things quickly fell apart at Volkswagen Arena after the club failed to replace Kevin De Bruyne, who was sold to Manchester City in the summer of 2015. Last season was largely disappointing, despite the great run in the Champions League, and this term the Wolves are in deep crisis in the bottom half of the table. Sporting director Klaus Allofs and veteran coach Dieter Hecking were both fired by the end of 2016.

The difficult situation prevents Rodriguez from fulfilling his potential and aspirations. Incredibly, the new coach Valerien Ismael even used him as a centre-back in several Bundesliga matches, and that position doesn't suit him in the slightest. The Swiss defender is loyal to his team, but it is crystal clear that time has come to move to a bigger club in order to prevent stagnation.

The price is bound to be high, but the multitalented defender is definitely worth it.
http://www.espnfc.co.uk/blog/soccer-...-the-big-times

AsparagusFC 05-06-2017 23:20

I know he is well known for attacking FB. But how about his defensive aspect?

Neruda 05-06-2017 23:50

Yalla please sign:love:

Mario 06-06-2017 01:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by AsparagusFC (Post 2655446)
I know he is well known for attacking FB. But how about his defensive aspect?

The answer you're looking for was in the post above :D

Quote:

He rarely commits fouls
He might spend a lot of time in the opponents' half, but Rodriguez's speed and stamina enable him to backtrack quickly. He covers plenty of ground in every match, is rarely caught out of position and doesn't give away free kicks. In fact, the Swiss star has committed less than one foul per game since 2014.

Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez will have ample opportunity to shine with Switzerland at the Euros.
Ricardo Rodriguez mixes his attacking flair with speed, stamina and good positioning in defence.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Rodriguez concedes very few cards. He has only been sent off once in his entire career, while getting cautioned just nine times in five Bundesliga seasons (and none at all this campaign). The Swiss was only yellow-carded once in European competitions and twice in his 45 matches for the national team. Those numbers are absolutely breathtaking for a defender.

unda 06-06-2017 17:15

Okay, so this is deal is basically done. This is a huge transfer in my book. This transfer shows, even more than the Kessie transfer, that new times have begun. This will be one of the most important transfers I've witnessed since I'm a fan of this club and I tell you why: When was the last time we had a good fullback, a position that's becoming more and more important in the modern game? You have to go back all the way to Jankulovski. We've had so many fodders or at best average players like Abate in this position over the years, an issue that was never adressed by Galliani. So one can only be more than happy that we sign an excellent fullback that is only 24 years old and was wanted by some of the biggest teams in Europe for years. Fassone and Mirabelli are already showing that they know how to put together a really good team and all the pressure will be on Montella to get the expected results next season.

Neruda 06-06-2017 17:19

He should be arriving in about in hour in Milan and Medicals tomorrow at 7:30

so excited about RR

Mario 06-06-2017 22:49

This is sick - https://twitter.com/acmilan/status/872140064343588864
New management clearly want to up the social media game

RR in Milano earlier today
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBqAf_VXkAIZzKw.jpg

AC AZZA 07-06-2017 02:38

Manbun certified.

Congo Powers 07-06-2017 02:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mario (Post 2656232)
This is sick - https://twitter.com/acmilan/status/872140064343588864
New management clearly want to up the social media game

RR in Milano earlier today
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBqAf_VXkAIZzKw.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/QQeZcZL.gif

Rickaka 07-06-2017 03:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by Albertini (Post 2639783)
Report: Milan get Ricardo Rodriguez


Question: Have milan ever spent this much money on a LB before?

Slightly related and wanted to share; top 15 most expensive Milan players according to Voetbalzone

15. Domenico Morfeo - Fiorentina - 1998- 20m
15. Andrea Bertolacci - Roma - 2015 - 20m
15. Mario Balotelli - Manchester City - 20m
12. Alexandre Pato - Internacional - 2007 - 22m
11. Clarence Seedorf - Inter - 2002 - 22.5m
10. Andriy Shevchenko - Dynamo Kiev - 1999 - 23m
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Barcelona - 2011 - 24m
8. Alessio Romagnoli - Roma - 2015 - 25m
8. Alberto Gilardino - Parma - 2005 - 25m
8. Ronaldinho - Barcelona - 2008 - 25m
5. Franck Kessie - Atalanta Bergamo - 2017 - 28m
4. Carlos Bacca - Sevilla - 2015 - 30m
3. Alessandro Nesta - Lazio - 2002 - 30.5m
2. Filippo Inzaghi - Juventus - 2001 - 37m
1. Rui Costa - Fiorentina - 2001 - 42m

helloAgain 07-06-2017 05:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rickaka (Post 2656485)
Slightly related and wanted to share; top 15 most expensive Milan players according to Voetbalzone

15. Domenico Morfeo - Fiorentina - 1998- 20m
15. Andrea Bertolacci - Roma - 2015 - 20m
15. Mario Balotelli - Manchester City - 20m
12. Alexandre Pato - Internacional - 2007 - 22m
11. Clarence Seedorf - Inter - 2002 - 22.5m
10. Andriy Shevchenko - Dynamo Kiev - 1999 - 23m
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Barcelona - 2011 - 24m
8. Alessio Romagnoli - Roma - 2015 - 25m
8. Alberto Gilardino - Parma - 2005 - 25m
8. Ronaldinho - Barcelona - 2008 - 25m
5. Franck Kessie - Atalanta Bergamo - 2017 - 28m
4. Carlos Bacca - Sevilla - 2015 - 30m
3. Alessandro Nesta - Lazio - 2002 - 30.5m
2. Filippo Inzaghi - Juventus - 2001 - 37m
1. Rui Costa - Fiorentina - 2001 - 42m

when you see this list, B & G didn't really bought their way to the success. whatever they had going for them they clearly lost it in the past 10 years.

Congo Powers 07-06-2017 05:31

wrong

the reign lasted for three decades
the money splashing was before all of this. look at tv deals
berlusconi created the sport as it is known now
i am curious about qatar money in club football today and recent ramifications

benjamin 07-06-2017 05:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by helloAgain (Post 2656501)
when you see this list, B & G didn't really bought their way to the success. whatever they had going for them they clearly lost it in the past 10 years.

They did. Just because this list doesnt take inflation into account doesnt mean they didnt buy their way to success. Since they bought the club in 1986, they were breaking the transfer record left right and center.

Morfeo for 20m in 1998. A quick check shows you that it is only slightly lesser than the highest transfer fee paid in 1998 for Denilson.

They lost it when they stopped paying their way to success ;)

Jasper 08-06-2017 13:22

https://i.giphy.com/3oKIPl2YFCnOPuaeeQ.webp

Mario 08-06-2017 13:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jasper (Post 2658057)

big up whoever is in charge of social media now :thumbsup:

tuccero9 08-06-2017 17:53

what is this talk about buying your way up?
can anybody name 1 top team that didn't splash the cash in order to reach that level?
this is one of the aspects that form what we call today "modern football".
since big money got involved in football always the ones that spend the more go on top.
the ones that have the money and also smart management/vision are the ones that succeed.
I don't think there is any top team that succeeded with just good management and no money

Ash 08-06-2017 17:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by helloAgain (Post 2656501)
when you see this list, B & G didn't really bought their way to the success. whatever they had going for them they clearly lost it in the past 10 years.

Those earlier siginings were some of the biggest in football back then.

Not a good comparision if inflation isnt taken into account


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helloAgain 08-06-2017 18:10

even back then, iirc we broke the transfer record like twice at max.

acmilan4ever 08-06-2017 18:58

Moved.

Milanista_7 08-06-2017 19:03

Welcome Ricky :thumbsup:

Finally a quality Left Back :star:

AndreiX 08-06-2017 19:17

sticky the thread

Tadej 08-06-2017 19:19

Welcome salt bae

Qaas 08-06-2017 19:20

Official: Ricardo Rodríguez Thread
 
Welcome to ac milan Ricardo ka... i mean rodriguez. Hope you regain your top form :thumbsup:

Tantalis 08-06-2017 19:34

welcome, forza milan

jammin 08-06-2017 19:40

#68???

Polotelli 08-06-2017 19:41

Yess!! Welcome

Best signing yet!

bacon d'or 08-06-2017 20:50

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DB0ZKnmWAAIuyLl.jpg

Ronin 08-06-2017 21:04

This is the greatest summer in a while!

RnB be like
http://68.media.tumblr.com/47ad953cb...45gio1_500.jpg

taura 08-06-2017 21:11

the road to a decent leftback, we got there eventually :lol:

http://i.imgur.com/GUupjeD.jpg


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