This article will tell you about the career highlights of Argentine footballer Rodrigo De Paul
Rodrigo De Paul is an Argentine professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Atlético Madrid. He won the 2022 FIFA World Cup with the Argentina national team. Born on May 24, 1994, in Sarandí, Buenos Aires, De Paul began his football career at Racing Club de Avellaneda’s youth academy.
In 2012, at the age of 18, De Paul made his professional debut for Racing Club in a match against San Lorenzo. He quickly established himself as a key player in the team’s midfield, showcasing his technical skills and creativity on the ball.
In 2013, De Paul helped Racing Club win the Argentine Primera División title for the first time in 13 years, scoring two goals and providing four assists in 16 league appearances.
De Paul’s impressive performances at Racing Club attracted the attention of several European clubs, and in July 2014, he signed for Spanish side Valencia CF for a reported fee of €4 million.
De Paul struggled to make an impact in his first season at Valencia, making only seven league appearances and spending most of his time on the bench.
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However, he gradually began to adapt to the Spanish game, and in the 2015-16 season, he played a more prominent role in the team, making 26 league appearances and scoring two goals.
After three seasons at Valencia, De Paul joined La Liga side UD Las Palmas on loan for the 2017-18 season. He immediately became an integral part of the team, playing in 34 league matches and scoring five goals. De Paul’s performances earned him a nomination for the 2017-18 La Liga Player of the Month award.
In the summer of 2018, De Paul returned to his homeland, signing for Club Atlético Independiente for a fee of €3.5 million.
He made an instant impact at Independiente, scoring four goals and providing five assists in 16 league appearances. However, his stay at Independiente was short-lived, as he attracted the attention of European clubs once again.
In July 2019, De Paul signed for Italian side Udinese Calcio for a reported fee of €6 million. He quickly established himself as one of Udinese’s most important players, playing in all 38 league matches in his first season at the club and scoring seven goals. De Paul’s impressive performances earned him a nomination for the 2019-20 Serie A Player of the Season award.
In the 2020-21 season, De Paul continued to shine for Udinese, scoring nine goals and providing ten assists in 38 league appearances.
His performances attracted the attention of several top European clubs, including Atlético Madrid, who signed him in the summer of 2021 for a reported fee of €35 million.
Since joining Atlético Madrid, De Paul has continued to impress, playing a key role in the team’s midfield and helping them to challenge for the La Liga title.
He has formed a strong partnership with fellow Argentine and Atlético Madrid captain, Diego Simeone, and has been praised for his technical ability, work rate, and leadership qualities.
De Paul’s performances for club and country have earned him recognition as one of the most talented midfielders in world football. He has also been a regular member of the Argentina national team since 2018, playing a key role in their Copa America triumph in 2021.
With his career on an upward trajectory, De Paul looks set to continue to impress on the biggest stages of world football for years to come.