Marco Ruben

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Marco Ruben
Personal information
Full name Marco Gastón Ruben Rodríguez
Date of birth (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Capitán Bermúdez, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Kyiv
Youth career
Rosario Central
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Rosario Central 77 (20)
2007 River Plate 28 (7)
2008–2012 Villarreal 65 (14)
2008–2009 Recreativo (loan) 43 (7)
2009–2010 Villarreal B 31 (17)
2012– Dynamo Kyiv 11 (1)
2013–2014 Evian (loan) 25 (1)
2014 Tigres (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2016 Rosario Central (loan) 30 (21)
National team
2011– Argentina 1 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2011

Marco Gastón Ruben Rodríguez (born 26 October 1986) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv as a striker.

Club career

Born in Capitán Bermúdez, Santa Fe, Ruben started his career with Rosario Central in 2004. In the 2006 Apertura tournament he scored seven goals in 17 games to be the club's top scorer, and this brought him to the attention of several major clubs in Argentina and Europe, with Club Atlético River Plate eventually winning the battle and paying US$7.5 million for his signature, alongside teammates Juan Ojeda and Cristian Villagra.[1]

After a short spell, Manuel Pellegrini's Villarreal CF purchased Ruben for $7 million in January 2008, immediately loaning him to fellow La Liga side Recreativo de Huelva until 30 June.[2] On the 27th he made his league debut in Spain, appearing as a substitute and being booked in the 1–3 home loss against Getafe CF.[3]

For the 2008–09 season Ruben continued in Huelva, in the same predicament, netting just three goals as the Andalusians were relegated. The following campaign he returned to Villarreal, but spent the vast majority of the year with the reserves, which were having their first Segunda División experience.

In mid-January 2010 Villarreal agreed to sell Ruben to Wigan Athletic in the Premier League, after the player had helped the reserves to the fourth place, with nine league goals, good enough for joint-third.[4] Although agreement between the English club and the player had been initially reached, on the 30th, both teams were unable to agree terms and the deal fell through.

On 7 February 2010, more than two years after his purchase, Ruben played his first league game with Villarreal's main squad, appearing six minutes at RCD Mallorca (0–1 loss). On 9 January of the following year, while starting in the place of injured Nilmar, he scored against Real Madrid to make it 2–1 for the Valencians (his first goal for Villarreal's first team), who were eventually defeated at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (2–4).[5]

On 13 July 2012, Ruben signed a five-year contract with Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv. He scored his first goal for his new team on 3 November, netting the first in a 2–0 home win against SC Tavriya Simferopol.

On 18 June 2014 Ruben joined Liga MX side Tigres UANL, on a one-year loan. He made his official debut on 9 July, playing the full 90 minutes in the 1–4 loss against Monarcas Morelia for the Supercopa MX.

International career

Ruben made his debut for Argentina in an unofficial pre-Olympic preparation match against Guatemala in 2008, scoring once in a 5–0 win. His first official appearance took place on 5 June 2011 in a friendly with Poland, and he netted the 1–1 equalizer in an eventual 1–2 loss.[6][7]

International goals


  1. "River cerró los pases de Marco Ruben, Villagra y Ojeda" (in Spanish). Clarín. 27 December 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2010. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ruben moves to Villarreal". Sky Sports. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Recreativo Huelva 1–3 Getafe". ESPN Soccernet. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Wigan to buy Argentine Marco Ruben from Villarreal". BBC Sport. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Ronaldo treble revives Real". ESPN Soccernet. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Musacchio y Ruben, convocados a la selección argentina" (in Spanish). River's official website. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Second-string Argentina humbled again". ESPN Soccernet. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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