Rodrigo Ferrante Taddei
(born 6 March 1980) is a Brazilian footballer
who currently plays for Roma
. He plays as a right midfielder or an attacking midfielder and is notable for his dribbling and versatility.
He also holds Italian nationality.
He started his career in Brazil with Palmeiras
, then moved to Italy
in September 2002 and signing for Siena
, a then Serie B
team, which later earned promotion to Serie A
In late 2003, Taddei was seriously injured in a car accident. His younger brother Leonardo died in the accident and his teammate Pinga
was also hurt. Upon recovery, Taddei returned to playing for Siena.
After another season with Siena, Taddei left on a Bosman free transfer and signed a five-year contract with Roma on 3 June 2005. He earned a gross salary of €1.75M in the first season and € 2.23M in the next 4 seasons.
Joining Roma offered Taddei the chance to perform on the European stage. He scored the opening goal in Roma's 2–1 victory over Manchester United
in the first leg of the 2007 Champions League
quarter-finals. However, he was injured in the warm-ups of the second leg and was ruled out of the match.
Taddei received some attention after he performed a move he later titled "The Aurelio", named after AS Roma
assistant manager Aurelio Andreazzoli, in a Champions League group stage match against Olympiacos
on 18 October 2006.
On 7 June 2010 Roma announced that Taddei had... Read More