Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

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LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius with the nickname “Rodri“. Our Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts brings you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.

The Early Life and Rise of Rodrigo Moreno. Image Credits: Instagram, SoccerBox and FoxSportsAsia

The analysis involves his early life, family background, life story before fame, rise to fame story, relationship life, personal life, family facts, lifestyle and other little-known facts about him.

Yes, everyone knows he outstandingly quick, energetic, brave and most importantly, has an eye for scoring decisive goals. However, only a hand few consider our version of Rodrigo Moreno’s Biography which is quite interesting. Now without further ado, let’s begin.

Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Family Background and Early Life

Rodrigo Moreno Machado was born on the 6th of March 1991 to his mother, Andréia Moreno Machado and father, Adalberto Machado in the city of  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was born as the first child and son to his lovely parents, a look-alike dad and a beautiful woman who we guess to be his mum pictured below.

Meet one of Rodrigo’s parents- His dad, Adalberto Machado and probably his mum. Credit: Twitter

Did you know?… Despite known to play for Spain, Rodrigo is actually, of a pure Brazilian descent with his family origin from the South American country. In fact, every one of his immediate family members belongs to the mixed-race Brazilian ethnicity. Their skin colour is a signifies traces to their African (Afro-Brazilian) family roots.

Rodrigo Moreno spent the early years of his life in the seaside Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. He grew up alongside his lovely kid sister who is named Mariana Moreno. Below is a photo of little Mariana, her big brother Rodrigo, pictured alongside their dad while in their family yard in Brazil.

A rare photo of Rodri, his dad & kid sister Mariana during his early days. Credit: Twitter

How the Spanish Football Journey started for Rodrigo: Rodrigo Moreno’s dad, Adalberto Machado (an ex-footballer) was responsible for the love of the game in his household. The former Brazilian footballer who played in the 80s. His dad is a brother to Iomar do Nascimento, AKA Mazinho (another footballer who was part of those that won the 1994 world cup). Did you know?… Mazinho is the father of Thiago Alcantara and Rafinha meaning they are his cousins.

The Spanish Football School: Early on in the year 1994, Rodrigo’s dad Adalberto was appionted Football Director by his 1994 FIFA World Cup winning brother Mazinho who acquired a soccer school in Vigo, Spain. Just to get things clear, Vigo is a city and municipality adjoining the Atlantic Ocean and located northwest Spain. Having the need to manage a big football business in Spain saw Rodrigo Moreno’s parents migrating their entire household to Spain as a little boy.

Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Education and Career Buildup

While in Brazil, before his entire family moved to Spain, Rodrigo together with his cousins were all students of Barrel’s school located in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. For Rodrigo, following his dad’s footstep was necessary as he began participating in football before his 5th grade. In order to get proper futsal education, Rodrigo’s parents had him enrolled with soccer school Escolinha do Flamengo early on while he was aged 5.

Rodrigo was a star of the Escolinha do Flamengo Juniors Team (a team where his dad retired from his senior career). He played several championships there where he stood out from his teammates, winning several Futsal championships as a kid.

Rodrigo Moreno with his early trophies and honours as a kid footballer. He was once of the best kid in the academy. Image Credit: IG and portalbarra

For Rodrigo, the purpose of playing soccer was to pickoff from where his dad has left off, that is, continuing living his family dreams. Ideally, it was hard for his dad Adalberto Machado and uncle Mazinho to deal with retirement.

While his second cousins, Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara left Brazil to Spain as little kids, Rodrigo himself moved to Spain in his early teens, settling in the Autonomous community of Galicia. Thiago and Rafinha first played at their father’s football academy investment in the year 1996 and was looked after by Rodrigo’s dad. The two boys would sometime sleep at Rodrigo’s house when Mazinho and his wife travel for business.

Rodrigo left Brazil after playing futsal practice for Flamengo and joined his family in Spain in the year 2003. In the second year after he arrived (in 2005), his cousins Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara had progressed to Barcelona’s La Masia. Below is a photo of Rodrigo at the time he came visiting his second cousins at the famed FC Barcelona’s academy.

Photo of Rafinha during a visit to his cousins- Thiago and Rodrigo in the year 2005, during their time as FC Barcelona La Masia Newbies. Image Credit: Elpais
Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Early Career Life

Futsal experience with Brazil helped him. While his cousins remained at FC Barcelona academy, Rodrigo pictured below continued to play with Ureca where he had an excellent impression to his young career. His performance with the club gave him the opportunity to apply for Celta Vigo, a bigger Spanish academy that made legends like Iago Aspas.

With help of Futsal, Rodrigo had a good early start to his young career in Spain. Image Credit: LasProvincias

In the year 2005, Rodrigo’s progress saw him passing trials and joining the Celta Vigo’s youth ranks. Within a few months of arriving in his new club, his talent immediately began to turn heads and interest from bigger clubs came once again. After four years with the Galicians, an unbelievable offer from Real Madrid couldn’t be resisted.

Rodrigo’s father was a scout at the time his Real Madrid transfer came. The super dad helped finalize his son’s 300,000 euros transfer. Rodrigo who was then 18-year-old successfully took up the Madrid challenge in the year 2009. He scored important goals for his Los Blancos side.

Rodrigo was considered as one of the best students at Real Madrid academy. Credits: Marca and NapoliMagazine
Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Road to Fame Story

After being summoned by former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini into the first team, Rodrigo hopes to feature in the first team brightened. Painfully things didn’t work as planned as Manuel Pellegrini was sacked and a new José Mourinho appointed didn’t put Rodrigo in his plans. Jose Mourinho was only interested in big players (the likes of Ozil, Angel Di Maria, Emmanuel Adebayor) and this left Rodrigo frustrated with no option than to leave the club.

Jose Mourinho sold Rodrigo to Benfica where he met another competition for his playing position. He had an unhealthy competition with legendary Pablo Aimar, Javier Saviola and Nuno Gomes. Benfica (nicknamed The Eagles) later brokered a deal to send Rodrigo out on loan to Bolton Wanderers after he wasn’t able to unseat those legends.

At Bolton (located in Manchester, UK), Rodrigo lived alone, this time without his dad by his side for the first time. At the club, he reunited with former Madrid team teammate Marcos Alonso who went on to do great things at Chelsea. Sadly, there wasn’t a roaring success for Rodrigo in England largely because the poor lad found himself behind South Korean footballer Lee Chung-Yong for his preferred right-wing slot.

Rodrigo endured a difficult moment during the early phase of his senior career. Credit: Sporting-Heroes

After having a brief un-successful passage through Bolton, Rodrigo retired back to Benfica following the departure of his rivals (Pablo Aimar, Javier Saviola and Nuno Gomes) who once owned his position.

Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Rise to Fame Story

Following his toils in England, Rodrigo returned to Portugal where he opened a new chapter in his career and began to make a name for himself. This time, he developed beautifully at Benfica, consistently showing off his qualities to great effect.

Whether by using his blistering pace or his unpredictability on the dribble, Rodrigo is well known to have just everything a striker needs in the modern game. Playing alongside the likes of Nemanja Matic, Nicolas Gaitan, Oscar Cardozo and Axel Witsel, Rodrigo went on to help the club win their famous treble (Primeira Liga, Taca de Portugal and Taca da Liga).

Rodrigo Moreno helped Benfica win the 2013-2014 domestic treble- Primeira Liga, Taca de Portugal and Taca da Liga. Credits: SportsBreak, CatedralenCarnada and Sicnoticias

Scoring an impressive 45 goals and supplying 17 assists in his 118 outings for the Portuguese giants illustrated aptly why Valencia was so keen to acquire the gifted attacker. Rodrigo made a promising impression during his first season with Valencia under Nuno Espirito Santo, helping the club achieved qualification for the Champions League.

Again, the 2018/2019 season saw Rodrigo helping the club to win their prestigious Copa del Rey title after he scored in the decisive match 2–1 victory over FC Barcelona. 

Rodrigo goals helped his Valencia team beat FC Barcelona to win the 2018–19 Copa del Rey. Image Credits: IG and Edition

At the time of writing, Rodrigo has just projected Valencia progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League after the club has missed it for 5 years. The Spanish striker who has moved from near-zero to an undoubted hero would forever be remembered for his heroics on the pitch. The rest, as they say, is now history.

Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Relationship Life

With his rise to fame, it is certain that football fans must have pondered on whether their star man has a girlfriend or if he is actually married (has a wife). There is no denying the fact that Rodrigo’s cute looks coupled with a distinctive style of play wouldn’t place him at the top of every potential girlfriend or wife’s wish list.

Behind the successful footballer, there exists a glamorous lady, one who is known to have captured his heart. The name of Rodrigo’s girlfriend still remains unknown. However, she appears to be close to every one of his family members especially the WAGs of his footballing cousins.

Meet Rodrigo Moreno’s Girlfriend. Image Credit: Instagram
Rodrigo and his girlfriend declared their relationship public via Instagram on the 12th of October, 2018. Just a year later (around October 2019) they both welcomed their first child. Rodrigo’s child was presented to the public via Instagram in an unusual way, one which saw him dressed in his Halloween costume.
Rodrigo Moreno and Girlfriend welcomed their first child in 2019. Image Credit: Instagram
Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Personal Life

Getting to know Rodrigo Moreno’s personal life and views away from football would help you get a complete picture of his personality. Starting off, he is someone who holds dearly to his words (crested on his Instagram wall) which says;

“For those who have faith and mental strength, the impossible is only a matter of opinion.”

Understanding Rodrigo Moreno Personal Life Facts. Image Credit: Instagram

Rodrigo’s mental toughness is a measure of his resilience and confidence. This has led to his success as a person. He is someone who uses his mind at every opportunity. If there is no mental stimulation, Rodrigo gets bored and lacks the motivation to achieve carry on with his daily activities. Also, moving from Brazil to Spain, then to Portugal and finally, England has proven that our very own Rodrigo can adapt to different environments and energies that surround him.

Likeness for Dog: Football players name them: Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez etc love their pets and Rodrigo isn’t an exception. Even thou there is a saying that there is no loyalty left in the modern game, it surely doesn’t take away the likeness Rodrigo has for his dog who he sometimes wears his Valencia jersey.

Rodrigo Moreno’s likeness for his dog. Image Credit: Instagram
Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Family Life

More on Rodrigo Moreno’s Father: Adalberto Machado was born on the 3rd day of June 1964. He is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a left-back. Like father like son, Rodrigo’s dad attended the Flamengo youth academy. Painfully, Adalberto’s senior career began on a sad note as he spent his first senior career year sidelined due to a leg break.

The one-club man who played only with Flamengo struggled severely with injuries throughout his senior years. This sad development prompted an end to his career at the age of 24.

Getting to know more about Rodrigo Moreno’s Dad- Adalberto Machado. Credits: Twitter and heroisdomengao

More on Rodrigo Moreno’s Mother: Information about Rodrigo’s mum, Andréia Moreno Machado has remained largely unwritten by the media. Andréia at the time of writing has shielded herself from exposure from the media, only having time to fulfill her motherly duties to Adalberto (her husband), Rodri and Mariana (her children).

More on Rodrigo Moreno’s Sister: Judging from her looks, it is certain that Rodrigo’s dad, unlike his mum, has a stronger gene in the Machado family. Moreno’s sister Mariana looks very much like her dad. Below is a photo of the two best friends (father and daughter) which was taken on their visit to the zoo in the year 2005.

Rodrigo Moreno’s sister Mariana pictured alongside her dad while as a kid. Image Credit: Twitter

Mariana at the time of writing enjoys a private life on Instagram. She allows access to her account to only close friends and family members. Her IG wall reads that “She enjoys the good things that she has in life“. Having to spend quality time with her successful big brother sums up what a ‘good life‘ means to Mariana.

Meet Rodrigo Moreno Sister- Mariana. Image Credit: Instagram
Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Lifestyle

Getting around €6.8m (annual wage) and being worth around €50.00m (at the time of writing) surely makes Rodrigo a millionaire footballer. Even thou money is truly valued, Rodrigo won’t have much trouble managing it. He has the talent to maintain a balance between spending/showcasing his wealth and saving money. Possessing an average car and signifies his humble lifestyle.

Getting to know Rodrigo Moreno Lifestyle. Image Credit: Express and Gym4u
Rodrigo Moreno Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Untold Facts

Rodrigo Moreno’s Tattoo: He has a dragon tattoo” which signifies a dragon wrapping itself around a Valencia logo on his left hand. Now, what does this tattoo pictured below mean?…

Rodrigo Moreno’s Tattoo. Credits: nuevadimensiondeportiva

In Rodrigo’s tattoo, the dragon represents himself as he guides the club (which signifies the Valencia logo). He also throws flares against opposing teams, scoring goals in the process.

Religion: Rodrigo comes from the city (Rio de Janeiro) where more than half of its population (74.5%) adopt the Christian religion and 51.1% are Catholics (Wikipedia reports). Base on these facts, it is most likely that Rodrigo and every member of his household adopts the Christian Religious faith of Catholicism.

Did you know?… Rodrigo’s birth city is the home to The statue of Christ the Redeemer (pictured below), often referred to as one of the world’s new seven wonders and a source of pride to Brazilian Catholics.

What is Rodrigo Moreno Religion. Credits: howstuffworks
Affection for Valencia Started a long time ago: Rodrigo’s destiny with Valencia CF was already pre-empted as a child. His 2004 throwback photo says it all.
A rare photo of Rodrigo Moreno Early Days as a Valencia supporter- Year 2004

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  1. Please make the correction in second paragraph from start of the top. “The analysis involves her early life, Change “her” to “his”.


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