Full Name: Alejandro Rodríguez Marrero “Pipo”
Team: U.D. Las Palmas
Birth Date: August 19, 1994
Birth Place: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
In the recent youth tournament, the “Copa de Campeones” played in Vigo, U.D., Las Palmas announced the arrival of three young talents. One of them is Alejandro Rodríguez “Pipo”, a play maker of massive quality, not overly quick, his real quality is found with the ball at his feet, his dribbling and accuracy on passing.
A couple of years ago he was on trial at La Masía, but F.C. Barcelona’s trainers decided to not submit a contract to let the lad play in their youth squads. Someone in the club mentioned that there were problems of attitude more than a negative skills evaluation. So he returned home, waiting for the moment to demonstrate his value. He enacted some level of revenge last Spring in the tournament in Vigo, where U.D. Las Palmas eliminated F.C. Barcelona, winning with a penalty kick earned and scored by Alejandro Rodríguez.
As result of all these good performances, next season he will play with the first squad, coming directly from the Juvenil División de Honor, without passing through Las Palmas Atlético (the second squad, which will play in third division). There is a big expectation around him to be the new star of the team after the departure of Vitolo (23 years old winger and top scorer of U.D. Las Palmas in the last two seasons who was recently sold to Sevilla for 3 million Euros).
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