* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2013
Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈðɾiɣo paˈlasjo]; born 5 February 1982) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Internazionale in Serie A. He is the son of José Ramón Palacio, a historic player of Olimpo de Bahia Blanca during the 1980s.1 Palacio holds a Spanish passport, allowing him to be counted as an EU player.2
In December 2007, Palacio participated in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup. Palacio had played in Boca's 1–0 win against Tunisian club Étoile du Sahel on 12 December.3 On 16 December, he would score an equalizer to make the score 1–1 against Milan, as the Italian side eventually won the game by a score of 4–2.4 Palacio earned the Bronze Ball trophy in the tournament, being ranked as the third best player behind Milan players Clarence Seedorf and Kaká, respectively. Palacio's performance in the 2008 Copa Libertadores helped Boca from being knocked out in the group stage by scoring twice against Mexico's Atlas in a 3–0 home victory and the third goal in Boca's dramatic 4–3 win against Chile's Colo-Colo. On 7 May 2008, Palacio scored in a 2–1 second-leg win against Brazilian club Cruzeiro. Boca eventually reached the semi-final stage, where they would lose to Fluminense.
Despite a minor injury that would see him sidelined for a small portion of the second half of the year, Palacio would then go on to win the Recopa Sudamericana against Arsenal de Sarandí, scoring one goal in the first-leg and another goal in the second-leg, and the Torneo Apertura, after the titled had to be fought out by the top three team's that were equal on points — Boca, San Lorenzo, and Tigre. The championship play-offs were all held at Racing Club de Avellaneda's stadium in a round-robin format were on 20 December 2008, Palacio would score in a 3–1 win against San Lorenzo to help claim the title.5
On 17 July 2009, Palacio signed a four-year contract with Genoa in the Italian Serie A for €2.81 million6 to replace Inter Milan-bound Diego Milito and help out his fellow Argentine Hernán Crespo at forward.7 Alongside Crespo, Palacio had joined another Argentine, Luciano Figueroa, who had been on loan with him at Boca Juniors throughout 2008. During his first few months, Palacio would miss out on two matches after suffering a small ankle injury. On 5 November, Palacio scored his first goal with Genoa in a 3–2 victory over Lille OSC in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League competition.8
On 22 May 2012, Genoa President Enrico Preziosi confirmed that Palacio would become an Internazionale player for the 2012–13 season.9 On 7 June, he was officially sold to Inter for €10.5 million, signing a three-year contract paying the player €2.7 million per anum.
Palacio debuted in a UEFA Europa League qualification match against Croatian side Hajduk Split. Palacio scored his first Inter double in a friendly against CA Bizertin of Tunisia on 18 August. He then scored his first official goal for Inter on 23 August in the play-off round of Europa League qualifiers against Romania's FC Vaslui. He scored again in the return leg in Milan on 30 August, making the match 1–1 as Inter progressed.
He scored his first goal in Serie A for Inter on 21 October in a 2–0 victory at the San Siro against Catania. On 4 November, he scored the final goal in a 1–3 win against defending league champions Juventus while on 8 November, he scored a brace in a Europa League match against FK Partizan (1–3) that advanced Inter into the competition's Round of 16 with two Group Stage matches to spare. During a second round match in the Coppa Italia against Verona on 18 December, after the injury to goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi and after all three of the club's substitutions were exhausted, Palacio, wearing Vid Belec's jersey number 27, was put into the goal for the final 15 minutes of the match. He failed to concede a goal to the opposition in a 2–0 final win and even made a fine save in the 91st minute, stopping a diving header from the right side of goal by Verona midfielder Alessandro Carrozza.
On 14 February 2013, in a match against Romanian side CFR Cluj in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16, Palacio was substituted seven minutes into the game after a season-ending injury to starter Diego Milito. Palacio came on and finished the game with both goals scored in a 2–0 victory. On 3 March, against Catania, Palacio was substituted on at the beginning of the second half at a time when the Nerazzurri were down 2–0. Palacio went on to provide assist for Ricky Álvarez's goal, then scored twice himself, leading Inter to a 2–3 comeback victory. On 3 April, Palacio scored his second double of the league season against Sampdoria, raising his tally to 12 goals scored; in the same game, however, he strained his left hamstring, ultimately ending his season prematurely.
He started the game against Genoa on 25 August and finished off Genoa with a goal in stoppage time, giving Inter a 2–0 lead.10