Rodrigo Mora came to River Plate in mid-2012. This Uruguayan forward, from Portugal’s Benfica, had been playing on loan for Peñarol, and entered Argentine football wearing the Holy Shroud on his chest. He immediately started to win the fans’ affection: his first goal was during a 3-3 tie against Newell’s, at the Monumental stadium.
That same semester, he scored an amazing goal against Boca Juniors, also at the Monumental stadium. He played for Universidad de Chile for some time and, in 2014, he came back to el Más Grande to start winning titles: the first one was that year’s Copa Sudamericana (in which he scored many goals), and then the 2014 Recopa Sudamericana against San Lorenzo.
The first joy came with the 2015 Copa Libertadores, where he scored a work of art above the goalkeeper, in the semi-final against Paraguay’s Guaraní, making it 2-0. He couldn’t take part in the final victory against Tigres at the Monumental stadium, but he celebrated the historic title with the team and the fans, even though there was still more to come.
A few days after the Copa Libertadores, River and Mora recorded a new achievement: the Suruga Bank Championship, against Gamba Osaka. In 2016, el Millionario won another Recopa Sudamericana and a historic Copa Argentina, beating Rosario Central 4-3 in the final. The Uruguayan player also celebrated in 2017, when Gallardo’s team became the two-time champion of the Copa Argentina.
One of the greatest joys was the Supercopa Argentina final, in March 2018, against Boca Juniors. Mora had already recovered from his hip injury and he was in the starting eleven for that significant match: a 2-0 victory and one more lap of honour. The year could not have finished better: River beat Boca Juniors again in the Copa Libertadores final played in Madrid.
The best gift was the warm ovation given by the fans at the packed Monumental stadium during the celebrations in Nuñez, when the team came back after the Club World Cup. After all these years, Mora has left his mark on the Club’s history, because of his dedication, sacrifice and a personality which has made him one of the most loved players.