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Rodrigo José Lima dos Santos

Rodrigo Lima
Personal information
Full nameRodrigo José Lima Santos
Date of birth (1983-08-11) 11 August 1983 (age 30)
Place of birthMonte Alegre, Brazil
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubBenfica
Senior career*
2006J. Malucelli
2007Paraná (loan)17(1)
2008Juventus-SP (loan)0(0)
2008Santos (loan)21(0)
2009Avaí (loan)8(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rodrigo José Lima dos Santos, known as Lima (born 11 August 1983 in Monte Alegre, Pará), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Benfica in Portugal, as a striker.

Football career

Early years

Lima played for nine different clubs in his country, without settling at any. In the 2008 Série A he did not manage to score for Santos Futebol Clube, who ranked in 15th position.

In the 2009 summer, after failing to sign with Ukrainian side FC Metalist Kharkiv,[1] Lima moved to Portugal with C.F. Os Belenenses, scoring regularly for the Lisbon outfit but also suffering top flight relegation.


Afterwards, Lima joined another team in the country, Sporting de Braga (which was filled with several of his compatriots), signing a three-year contract. On 24 August 2010, after coming on as a substitute, he netted a hat-trick against Sevilla FC in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, in a 4–3 away win (5–3 on aggregate).[2]

Lima finished the 2011–12 season with 20 league goals (26 overall), as the Minho club finished third and returned to the Champions League. Highlights included three against Gil Vicente FC (3–0 away win), braces against F.C. Paços de Ferreira (5–2, home) and Vitória de Setúbal (3–0 at home), and a penalty kick equalizer against S.L. Benfica (1–1, home);[3] he also scored two against eventual champions F.C. Porto, but in a sterile 2–3 defeat in Porto.[4]


On 31 August 2012, the very last day of the summer transfer window, Lima signed a four-year contract with Benfica, in a deal that saw Michel move in the opposite direction.[5][6] He wasted no time on making an impact, also taking longtime incumbent Óscar Cardozo's striker's starting place, and found the net in his first two official games: one goal against Académica de Coimbra in a 2–2 away draw,[7] and two in a 2–1 win over Paços de Ferreira (also away);[8] he added a third in the Champions League 1–2 group stage loss at FC Spartak Moscow.[9]

On 26 January 2013 Lima scored his eighth league goal of the season, helping to a 2–1 win at former side Braga.[10] On 30 March he netted his first hat-trick in the Portuguese League, helping to a 6–1 home demolition of Rio Ave FC.[11]



Club statistics


As of 26 May 2013
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2008 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Total 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Avaí 2009 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Belenenses 2009–10 27 7 3 4 2 1 0 0 32 12
Total 27 7 3 4 2 1 0 0 32 12
Braga 2010–11 28 6 1 0 2 3 19 5 50 14
2011–12 30 20 2 0 3 2 9 4 44 26
2012–13 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 60 26 3 0 5 5 30 9 98 40
Benfica 2012–13 27 20 7 5 3 3 12 2 49 30
Total 27 20 7 5 3 3 12 2 49 30
Career total 143 54 13 9 10 9 42 11 208 83


External links

  • SambaFoot profile
  • CBF data (Portuguese)
  • Stats and profile at Zerozero
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo
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