Garry Rodrigues

Cape Verdean association football player

Garry Rodrigues
Garry Rodrigues (July 2016) paok.png
Rodrigues playing for PAOK in 2016
Personal information
Full name Garry Mendes Rodrigues
Date of birth (1990-11-27) 27 November 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 77
Youth career
2004–2007 Feyenoord
2007–2009 Real SC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 XerxesDZB 15 (2)
2011 Rostocker FC 0 (0)
2011–2012 Boshuizen 12 (1)
2012–2013 ADO Den Haag 0 (0)
2012–2013 → Dordrecht (loan) 20 (5)
2013–2014 Levski Sofia 36 (14)
2014–2015 Elche 41 (3)
2015–2017 PAOK 38 (9)
2017–2019 Galatasaray 61 (13)
2019–2021 Al-Ittihad 28 (5)
2019–2020 → Fenerbahçe (loan) 26 (4)
2021– Olympiacos 23 (5)
National team
2013– Cape Verde 40 (7)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 2 October 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 7 June 2022

Garry Mendes Rodrigues (born 27 November 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Greek Super League club Olympiacos and the Cape Verde national team. Born in the Netherlands, he represents the Cape Verde national team.

In February 2013, Rodrigues announced that he would like to represent Cape Verde,[1] and made his debut in August 2013.[2] He represented the side at the 2015 and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

He formerly played for PAOK, Elche CF, XerxesDZB, FC Boshuizen, ADO Den Haag, Dordrecht, Levski Sofia and Galatasaray.[3]

He is a cousin of Jerson Cabral.


As a youth player Rodrigues played for Feyenoord and Portuguese Real Sport Clube.[4]

Rodrigues joined Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag from amateur FC Boshuizen on 16 May 2012, signing a 1+1 years contract.[5] In July, he was loaned out to Eerste Divisie club Dordrecht. Rodrigues made his league debut in a 1–1 away draw against Emmen on 10 August, playing the full 90 minutes.[6]

Levski Sofia

On 11 February 2013, Rodrigues signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Bulgarian club Levski Sofia.[7] He made his debut away at Chernomorets Burgas in a 2–0 win on 3 March. On 13 March, he scored his first goal for Levski in the 22nd minute of a Bulgarian Cup quarter-final first leg tie against Litex Lovech.[8] On 20 April, in a 2–1 away victory over Litex, Rodrigues netted his first league goal and assisted Hristo Yovov.[9]

On 21 July 2013, Rodrigues opened the scoring in Levski's first match of the 2013–14 A PFG season against Botev Plovdiv, but was subsequently sent off after an altercation with Veselin Minev.[10]

During the first half of the 2013–14 season Rodrigues scored 14 goals in total helping Levski Sofia to overcome several teams and progress to the 3rd place in the league ranking. He also scored a penalty in the 7–6 win after penalties against CSKA Sofia in a Bulgarian Cup Eternal Derby third round tie, eventually helping the team to reach the quarter-finals of the competition. The strong overall performance led to the interest of several European clubs. In January 2014, West Ham United sent an offer to Levski for a trial, but Rodrigues refused it, stating that he would only negotiate with a team which is guaranteed to offer him a contract.[11]


On 27 January 2014, Rodrigues signed with Elche CF on a six-month loan through Promoesport (an investment fund linked to Gimnàstic de Tarragona), with a buyout clause.[12][13] He made his La Liga debut on 1 March, coming on as a second-half substitute in the 1–0 home win over Celta de Vigo,[14] and scored his first goal in the category on 3 May, netting the game's only in an away success against Málaga CF.[15]

In the 2014 summer Rodrigues signed a four-year deal with the Valencian club, after his buyout clause was activated.[16] On 31 July 2015 he rescinded his link.[17]


On 4 August 2015, Rodrigues signed a three years' contract with PAOK for an undisclosed fee.[18] On 23 September 2015, in a home derby game against AEK Athens he scored his first goal in Greek Super League. On 11 January 2016, PAOK turned down Al-Ahli Saudi FC's offer in the region of €1.7 million for Garry Rodrigues.[19] He finished the season with 7 goals being the third scorer of the club. On 24 November 2016 in UEFA Europa League group stage away match against ACF Fiorentina in the dying seconds Rodrigues storms downfield, cuts in from the left and fires into the roof of the net, giving his club an incredible 3–2 win.[20]


On 9 January 2017, PAOK officially announced the transfer of Garry Rodrigues to Galatasaray for a fee of €3.7m. The transfer has been announced, thanks to the contribution of the 27-year-old player for so long.[21] In February 2018, Galatasaray's Cape Verde winger Garry Rodrigues has emerged as a transfer target for Olympique Lyon. The 27-year-old Blue Sharks star has racked up five goals and eight assists in 22 Super Lig appearances since the start of the 2017–18 season. The attacker is value at around €16 million and Lyon may face competition from the likes of Sevilla and Fiorentina for his signature.[22] He is finally contracted to Galatasaray until the summer of 2021.


On 6 January 2019, Rodrigues joined Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia for a fee of €9m.[23]


On 13 July 2019, Fenerbahçe announced the signing of Rodrigues on loan for 2 years from Al-Ittihad.[24]


On 18 September 2021, Olympiacos F.C. officially announced the signing of Rodrigues signing a three years' contract with €1 million annual fee, including bonuses.[25]

International career

Rodrigues received his first international call-up in August 2013 to play friendly match against Gabon on the 14th of that month.[26] He substituted Djaniny at halftime.[2] On 30 December 2013, Rodrigues appeared as a starter in the 1–4 loss against Catalonia in a friendly match, assisting his team's goal that was scored by Djaniny.[27] On 6 September 2014 he scored his first international goal in a 3–1 away win over Niger in Cape Verde's successful qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Rodrigues was included in their squad for the finals in Equatorial Guinea, but due to competition from Kuca, Djaniny and Júlio Tavares he played only in the goalless draw with Zambia, which confirmed their elimination from Group B.[28]

Career statistics


Scores and results list Cape Verde's goal tally first.[29]
List of international goals scored by Garry Rodrigues
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2014 Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey, Niger  Niger 1–0 3–1 2015 African Cup of Nations qualification
2. 13 June 2015 Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde, Praia, Cape Verde  São Tomé and Príncipe 3–0 7–1 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification
3. 5 September 2017 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  South Africa 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 2–0
5. 18 November 2019 Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde, Praia, Cape Verde  Mozambique 1–0 2–2 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6. 7 October 2021 Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana  Liberia 2–1 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 17 January 2022 Olembe Stadium, Yaoundé, Cameroon  Cameroon 1–1 1–1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations



Levski Sofia





  1. ^ "Garry Mendes Rodrigues interview". Criolo Sports. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b Cape Verde vs. Gabon report (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Garry Mendes Rodrigues Facts".
  4. ^ "Garry Mendes Rodrigues Career".
  5. ^ "Garry Mendes Rodrigues tekent contract bij ADO Den Haag" (in Dutch). 16 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Emmen 1–1 Dordrecht". 10 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Гари Родригес подписа с Левски" (in Bulgarian). 11 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Levski Sofia 1–0 Litex Lovech". 13 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Левски прекъсна черната серия в Ловеч" (in Bulgarian). 20 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Феноменален Неделев обърна "Левски", "Ботев" удари "сините" с 2:1" (in Bulgarian). 21 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Йовов смъмри Родригес, навива го за пробите, холандецът си спечели сърдити погледи от шефовете" (in Bulgarian). 13 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Levski winger Rodrigues joins Elche". 27 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Garry Rodrigues viene cedido por parte del Nàstic de Tarragona" [Garry Rodrigues comes on loan from Nàstic de Tarragona] (in Spanish). Elche Diario. 3 February 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Elche 1-0 Celta Vigo". 1 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Away-day joy for Elche". Sky Sports. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Garry Rodrigues deja 'el gordo' en Tarragona" [Garry Rodrigues leaves 'the lottery' in Tarragona] (in Spanish). Diario Franjiverde. 20 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Garry Rodrigues abandona el Elche C.F." [Garry Rodrigues leaves Elche C.F.] (in Spanish). 31 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 August 2015.
  18. ^ "Ανακοίνωσε Ροντρίγκες ο ΠΑΟΚ". 4 August 2015.
  19. ^ "PAOK reject Al-Ahly bid for Garry Rodrigues". 11 January 2016.
  20. ^ "Φιορεντίνα-ΠΑΟΚ 2-3". 24 November 2016.
  21. ^ "PAOK resmen açıkladı: Garry Rodrigues'in Galatasaray'a transferi tamamlandı". 9 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Galatasaray'da Garry Rodrigues Al İttihad'a transfer oldu". 6 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Garry Rodrigues Fenerbahçemizde". 13 July 2019.
  25. ^ "Ολυμπιακός: Ανακοίνωσε τον Γκάρι Ροντρίγκες!". 18 September 2021.
  26. ^ "Garry estreia-se no regresso de Ryan e Fernando Varela" [Garry debuts in the return of Ryan and Fernando Varela] (in Portuguese). SAPO Desporto. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  27. ^ "Cataluña 4-1 Cabo Verde: Cataluña sentencia a Cabo Verde en tres minutos" (in Spanish). 30 December 2013.
  28. ^ "Cape Verde Islands 1-1 Zambia". BBC Sport. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  29. ^ "Mendes Rodrigues, Garry". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  30. ^ "Η βράβευση των κορυφαίων από τον ΠΣΑΠ". ΠΣΑΠΠ | ΠΑΝΕΛΛΗΝΙΟΣ ΣΥΝΔΕΣΜΟΣ ΑΜΕΙΒΟΜΕΝΩΝ ΠΟΔΟΣΦΑΙΡΙΣΤΩΝ ΠΟΔΟΣΦΑΙΡΙΣΤΡΙΩΝ (in Greek). 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  31. ^ Soliman, Seif (12 September 2018). "Mahmoud Trezeguet loses Player of the Year award to Bafetimbi Gomis". KingFut. Retrieved 31 January 2022.

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