On 13 July 2012 Maxi returned to his first club, Newell's Old Boys, in his hometown, Rosario. On the same day Maxi addressed Liverpool's supporters in an open letter: "Dear Reds, I am leaving Liverpool FC today. Before signing for LFC, I just saw the club as one of the greatest institutions in football. After my time here I can confirm that this is not just a great club but also a great family. I have tried to give everything every day that I was wearing the LFC crest. It has been a great honour to defend this shirt during two and a half years. I am returning home with a suitcase full of great memories, good friends within the team and also within this great family that works every day in the club. Thanks a lot for your support. You can NOT imagine what a great honour it was for me when the Kop sang, 'Maxi, Maxi Rodríguez runs down the wing for me da da da da dada...' Hasta la vista!"
Maxi played in twelve first-team matches for Newell's during the second half of the calendar year of 2012; and he also continued to be selected regularly when the Torneo Final and Copa Libertadores matches resumed in February 2013. In the Torneo Inicial (3 August 2012 - 13 February 2013) Newell's finished second behind Vélez Sarsfield. But Newell's won the Torneo Final (a competition that ran from 8 February until 23 June 2013) and Maxi won the Best Player in the League award. He comfortably made Alejandro Sabella's provisional 26-man squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and in the tournament scored the deciding penalty in the shoot out against Holland in the semi final. Maxi remained at Newell's for three more years before moving to Penarol in Uruguay. On 1st January 2019 he returned to Newell's for a third spell.
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Declan Sloan has put together a complete record of every South American player to wear the famous Red Jersey, from Mauricio Pellegrino in 2005 to newly recruited Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool Echo press report on Liverpool - Birmingham on 23.04.2011.
A full match report from the Telegraph of the Premier League game between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday Jan 16, 2009.
Maxi is a fantastic player. He's got good movement and as a footballer it's a pleasure to play with good players and that's what Maxi is because he's a fantastic player. He was really fresh and that showed in his performance and he took his goal really well. He has been terrific for us in the last five or six games. It's unfortunate for us he can't play in the Europa League because he is an intelligent player and he can unlock defences.
Gerrard on Maxi Rodriguez
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Newell's Old Boys||1999-2002||Argentina 1||59||20||59||20|
|Real Oviedo||2000-2001||Spain 2||0||0||0||0|
|Atletico Madrid||2005-2006||Spain 1||29||9||29||9|
|Atletico Madrid||2006-2007||Spain 1||10||6||10||6|
|Atletico Madrid||2007-2008||Spain 1||35||8||43||10|
|Atletico Madrid||2008-2009||Spain 1||33||6||41||10|
|Atletico Madrid||2009-2010||Spain 1||14||2||22||3|
|Newell's Old Boys||2012-2013||Argentina 1||27||5||38||8|
|Newell's Old Boys||2013-2014||Argentina 1||22||9||29||9|
|Newell's Old Boys||2014-2015||Argentina 1||17||11||18||11|
|Newell's Old Boys||2015-2016||Argentina 1||28||10||28||10|
|Newell's Old Boys||2016-2017||Argentina 1||26||9||26||9|