He left the Intercollegiate Games, and is now the League’s top scorer and author of the “goal of the year”; Santiago Rodríguez and an example of improvement

He left the Intercollegiate Games, and is now the League’s top scorer and author of the “goal of the year”; Santiago Rodríguez and an example of improvement
He left the Intercollegiate Games, and is now the League’s top scorer and author of the “goal of the year”; Santiago Rodríguez and an example of improvement

The weekend was not just another one for the Arizona native who, at 26 years old, scored an incredible goal from midfield. It was an action that the reporters of the official broadcast stressed that “it would be sacrilege to comment on.”

“It was a quick play where the ball was a little dead for me and I had been looking at the goalkeeper for a while. I said ‘I shot it over the top’ and tried to put it into the goal. A terrible emotion in the sense of having converted in that way,” described Santiago Rodríguez, who has not yet realized the impact that his great goal had.

Morta has been wearing the Institute colors for three years. He was the figure alongside Adrián “Maravilla” Martínez, today the top scorer for Racing de Avellaneda, in the promotion of Gloria to the First Division after 16 years.

It was Santiago Rodríguez’s debut in the top category. In his first season, he scored against Boca in the Bombonera and River in the Monumental. He also attended Talleres in the classic Cordoba. In the current Super League, he is the top scorer of the championship along with Facundo Colidio del Millonario. He scored 2 against Sarmiento de Junín at the beginning and at the weekend the “goal of the year” against Unión de Santa Fe.

“I am very happy, very happy. I have achieved many things. We hope to continue growing personally and learning from what lies ahead,” said the forward.

The 2014 Intercollegiate Games, the beginning of his career

The Arizona native is an example of resilience. Boca, River, Argentinos Juniors, Banfield, Ferro and Belgrano de Córdoba saw him arrive with his bag and boots to try out, but beyond the great talent of his left foot, he did not satisfy the coaches.

He was 17 years old and the dream of being a professional player was fading and he almost gave up.

However, the 2014 Intercollegiate Sports Games were a great showcase and the push that his talent needed.

He represented the Malvinas Argentinas School from his native Arizona in Villa Mercedes. In the semi-finals he scored 4 goals, the same amount he later scored in the final.

Santiago Rodríguez representing the Malvinas Argentinas School in Arizona.

In the stands, and delighting in their performances, was Néstor “Pucho” Gutiérrez, a former San Luis soccer player who was Darío “El Indio” Ortiz’s field assistant at Sportivo Estudiantes, which at that time was active in the second category of AFA.

Santiago’s performance was so captivating that “Pucho” invited him to try out at El Coliseo. Upon arriving in the capital city of the province, he trained with the first professional team, scored two goals and played a lot. “All the leaders ran out to talk to him and ask for the information to sign him,” his recruiter said at the time.

There the figure of Santiago Rodríguez in Estudiantes was born. Then, he passed through Almagro and today he shines in La Gloria.

The forward, despite living in Córdoba, knows that the Intercollegiate Games are returning to the province and did not hesitate to refer to the competition.

“It is something very nice for the kids of San Luis. I left there, they saw me there and my dream started,” Rodríguez stressed.

Finally, he gave a message to all the students who will begin competing on June 24: “Wishing everyone the best. Have a lot of fun, try to enjoy with your classmates, you meet a lot of good people, which is the important thing,” she concluded.

 
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