There are few more popular and iconic figures currently playing in Argentina than Atlético Tucumán’s barrel-chested maestro Luis Miguel Rodríguez. One the brink of the most historic few weeks in the club’s history, the outstanding Jimmy Lee returns to take tell the tale of the Flea.
The ideal modern footballer is built similar to Michelangelo’s “David” – a perfect human specimen. No one exemplifies this more than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese international may be one of the most perfectly built footballers, or better said, human beings, alive on the planet. While that is the ideal, the majority of footballers fall short of Ronaldo’s perfection but are still closer on the scale to Ronaldo than to Homer Simpson. Which is what makes the accomplishments of Atlético Tucumán’s main goal scorer even more impressive.
Luis Miguel Rodríguez, better known as El Pulga or Pulguita, was born in the small town of Simoca, Tucumán, about an hour south of the capital city of San Miguel de Tucumán. Luis grew up in a poor home, but just like most young Argentine boys, he loved to play football. He would often play barefoot because he was worried about destroying his shoes and not having anything to wear to school the next day.
As a 12-year-old boy, young Luis scored a record 12 goals in a single match for his hometown club, Union Simoca, in the Liga Tucumana. From that moment on, it was clear his destiny was to play football.
As a teenager, El Pulga, who was the oldest of nine siblings, was required to help his father work so they could put food on the table for their family. He dreamed that someday his football abilities could help provide for his struggling family. Luis commented on his life growing up, “[My father] had to provide for 11 people in our small town where there was not a lot of work. We never missed a meal, but we had very few clothes. I never had football boots… I slept in the same bedroom with five siblings.”
➡Los 5 mejores goles del pulga Rodriguez con la camiseta de @ATOficial, picandosela con vaselina sobre el arquero👏.
— Encuestas Decanas (@EncuestasDknas) September 15, 2018