Profiles - Rudy

Squad Number 2013/14: 8
Date of Birth: January 05, 1989
Birthplace:  Oeiras Municipality (Portugal)
Nationality: Portuguese
Contract: 2013 – 2015
Transfer: Free transfer (Cercle Brugge K.S.V., 2013)
Career: Deportivo (2013-now), Cercle Brugge K.S.V. (2011-2013), Atlético Clube de Portugal (2010-2011), Sport Clube Praiense (2009-2010), Linda-a-Velha (2008-2009), GD Tourizense (2007-2008)
Buyout Clause: 6 million Euros
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Position: attacker (right/centre)

Portuguese RUDY became into the first new face of Deportivo ahead of the season 2013/14. The Galicians were living a tough moment due to the financial crisis and, after the newest relegation to Segunda División, coach Fernando Vázquez needed attackers to fill up the departure of men like Riki and Pizzi, so his multifunctional skills called the attention of the coaching staff. At the same time the player was trying to settle after a failed transfer to Russia and wanted to demonstrate that he can play in a big league, though for now it’s only for the second-highest division in Spain.

As many professional players the story of Rudy had a simple start: he was one more kid playing in the street, then he and some of his friends had the idea of passing a trial at Portuguese CF Beleneses. In the end he was the only one that was accepted by coach Raimundo and in this way began his career as a youth player. Curiously he moved to six different clubs in six years, this no matter he always left a positive impression, like on the season 2006/07, time when he scored 18 goals with Tires.

Rudy –nicknamed like that as his father always said that he was identical to his grandfather Rudy- began his professional career at little club Linda-a-Velha, at this club he played at the equivalent of the Spanish División de Honor, league in which Deportivo Juvenil A competes. At the age of 20 he was already playing at the third level league in Portugal performing first for SC Praiense and later  for AC Portugal. It was at the latter where he began to call the attention of some foreign clubs, this since he scored 10 goals in 24 league appearances performing as a winger, including a brace against his former club, SC Praiense (3-1 win, January 30, 2011)

He called the attention of Belgian club Cercle Brugge K.S.V., unknown team for many people, but with a stable role at the Belgian Pro League during the past decade. At the time he explained to Sportpaper O Jogo why he chose to move to that country, After the great season that I made at Atlético, I received the call of Renato Neto [another young Portuguese player performing in Belgium] and he told me that his club was interested in me. He asked me to join him, because I also speak Portuguese. I accepted the challenge, because I wanted to play in a foreign league in order to increase my value, now I have the needed motivation to make the jump to a major club.”

It was a free transfer though the Belgian outfit ended paying €20,000 for the formation rights. And his first season with the Green and Black outfit was going to be remarkable, especially the start as he netted five goals within his first five matches at the top-flight. The secret for his success was the freedom to move on the pitch, because the Portuguese was normally performing on the right wing, though in other matches he was the central attacker, like in matchday 04 when he scored the winning goal before Genk (August 20, 2011). He was also a versatile player within a single game, because it was possible to watch him waiting for the cross inside the area and in the next play he was the one sending the cross or drilling the pass into the box.

The season 2011/12 was pretty good for Cercle Brugge K.S.V. They just missed to enter into the playoff 1 due to the goal difference rule ending 7th at the standings. In the end Rudy played 33 games on the season scoring 13 goals plus providing 4 assists. He was 22 at the time and his performance called the attention of Russian club FC Alania Vladikavkaz. A €1 million transfer was negotiated and the player travelled to Russia in order to undergo the medicals, but mysteriously he didn’t pass the tests and no explanation was given after he returned to his club. The Belgian media said that it was a traumatic experience for the Portuguese player and that it is the main explanation why his performance decreased so dramatically for the following season, and it’s that on the campaign 2012/13 he only scored three times in 28 matches (still he made six assists). Besides, he sustained an injury that limited his participation to only five appearances as a starter during 2013. Suddenly the player was no longer calling the attention and the Belgian side was feeling disappointed.

Then Deportivo contacted him and arranged his arrival. Ernesto Bello was aware of his skills and attempted his signing, which wasn’t too difficult due to the players’ circumstances. At the time Depor had suffered a second relegation in three years and needed offensive players in order to cover the casualty of Riki and Pizzi, the two top-scorers of the team during the season 2012/13. The signing of Rudy was announced on July 21, 2013. On that day the player underwent the medicals, one day later he was presented and it was known that the winger was signing a two-year deal with the option of an extension for an additional season in case of playing 30 official games plus the condition of seeing Deportivo playing at Primera División. It was also reported that the 40% of the player’s right belong to Deportivo; 10% belongs to Belgian club Cercle Brugge K.S.V. and the remaining 50% to the player with a buyout option of €6 million.

During his presentation Rudy told to reporters that he talked to his compatriots Ze Castro and Bruno Gama before making this decision, also that he’s happy to help Deportivo, “For me this experience is really important. Deportivo is a big club in Spain. It’s a big jump for me despite been at Segunda. I spoke to my agent and I know that the second division in Spain is really competitive. I want to help Deportivo to get the promotion to Primera and reach my goal, which is to be a solid player.”