Full Name: Jesé Rodríguez Ruiz
Team: Real Madrid
Birth Date: February 26, 1993
Birth Place: Las Palmas, Spain
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Jesé Rodríguez has been with the Real Madrid organization since 2007 when he was fourteen. Born in the Canary Islands, the youngster may be best Madrid’s canterano since Casillas. This is no joke. Last summer, Jesé almost single-handedly won the European U19 Championship for Spain, collecting awards for best goal scorer and best player of the tournament. He joins a prolific group of young strikers currently with the Castilla including Álvaro Morata and Raul De Tomas. Jesé has drawn comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo because of his playing style and impressive dribbling ability. He scores many of his goals from distance and his competitive edge and powerful build make him a force to be reckoned with for defenders. Two years ago he was the undisputed star of Madrid’s Juvenil A team; he scored seventeen goals that season and was promoted to the reserve team at the beginning of this season making them odds on favorites in bwin football betting.
Jesé’s talents and form were noticed by Jose Mourinho who called him up to the first team for the 2011 pre-season tour. He played two friendlies over the summer and scored his first goal for the Merengues against Guangzhou Evergrande FC. He started the season with the reserves where he scored in his first appearance. He had a great debut season, scoring ten goals in forty-two appearances and Mourinho had him with the first team again against SD Ponferradina in the first round of the Copa del Rey. Jesé proceeded to make his La Liga debut this March against Real Sociedad with Jose Mourinho showing faith in a young player which we haven’t seen much before.
The 2012/13 season was a character building one for the youngster. Mourinho seemed determined to snub the 20 year old and his manager at Castilla no matter how good the lad played. Real Madrid Castilla finished the season as top scorers in Liga Adelante scoring eighty goals in the season and breaking a team record that had held since the 1983/84 season. Jesé led his team in goals with twenty-two on the season making a very strong case to whomever takes over the first team that he is ready for top level football.
The only criticism of this prodigious talent is the fact that he is a little hotblooded. That is his only weakness. He gathers too many cards, and can be immature at times. In February he celebrated his 20th birthday, it may be time to calm down and start maturing. Fortunately, he seems to keep his passion and hot-bloodedness on pitch. In normal life he is a humble, wise and calm person.
With the national team, Jesé is forming a strong chemistry with fellow Spanish starlet Gerard Deulofeu. The two seem to complement each other well and seem to get on considering their two clubs’ massive rivalry. He is already lighting it up at the U20 level and looks destined for greatness with the senior side if he continues on this path.