Hugo Rodallega Martínez
(born 25 July 1985) is a Colombian footballer
who plays for English Premier League
club Wigan Athletic
. He primarily plays as a striker
, but can also play on the wing.
Rodallega started his professional career with Deportes Quindío
in 2004. An impressive first season with the club earned him a call-up to represent Colombia
at the U-20 South American Championship
in 2005, where he went on to set a new record for most goals scored in the tournament. A move to Deportivo Cali
and his senior international debut followed later in the year before he moved abroad, signing for Mexican Primera División
. A disappointing spell resulted in a loan move to Atlas
before being transferred to Necaxa
in 2007. In January 2009, he moved to Wigan Athletic
for a fee of £4.5 million. After initially struggling at the club, he finished as the club's top goalscorer in his first full Premier League
season. To date he has scored 22 goals for the club, making him Wigan's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer.
Early and personal life
Rodallega was born in El Carmelo
, a village in the west of Colombia
located near the city of Cali
, and lived in the village with his parents and two elder sisters. Rodallega and his wife Carolina live in North West England
with their son, also named Hugo. His sister Carmen is also a footballer, and has played for the Colombia women's national football......