Rojas playing for Morelia in 2011
|Full name||Joao Robin Rojas Mendoza|
|Date of birth||14 June 1989|
|Place of birth||La Troncal, Ecuador|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Emelec (loan)||75||(13)|
|2011||→ Morelia (loan)||42||(7)|
|2017–2018||→ Talleres (loan)||12||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:38, 16 November 2018 (UTC)|
Joao Robin Rojas Mendoza (Spanish pronunciation: [ʝoˈao ˈroxas]; born 14 June 1989) is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays as a right winger for Brazilian club São Paulo . He also holds Mexican citizenship.
At a young age, he had already played more than 80 games as a professional. He began in Municipal de Cañar as a juvenile for twelve months. The following year, he moved on to Deportivo Quevedo, but was then transferred to Barcelona for a while. In 2007, he moved to Tecnico Universitario where he began his real career. In the 2008 season, he won the award of best juvenile player of the tournament with Tecnico. However, since Tecnico did not qualify for the liguilla final, the club loaned him to River Plate in the Ecuadorian Second Division until January. He has currently been linked with a move to Emelec in the offseason. LDU Quito, El Nacional, and Barcelona have been interested in him as well but they have been put down because of his $1 million price tag. On February 10, 2009, Rojas signed a contract with Emelec.
Emelec loaned Rojas to Morelia in January 2011, in his first season Rojas scored five goals in 22 games, two of which goals were on the semi-final match against Club America, and also scored on the final against UNAM at home, drawing 1–1 in the first leg. but failed to win the championship, and settled for second.
Monarcas secured his pass to the Michoacán club and received the number 10 shirt for the club. Rojas played 20 games and scored 2 goals. The second half of the season, also called the Clausura, Rojas helped the club to reach the semi-final stages of both the Mexican league and CONCACAF Champions League as well.
Before the start of the Apertura 2012 season Morelia signed Jefferson Montero, Rojas' former Ecuador U-20 teammate, Rojas and Montero continuously assisted each other in both League and Copa MX matches. His first league goal of the season came in a 3–0 win against Puebla. Later he would score against Club León both league and cup matches, both within a week. He would go on to score two more goals against Querétaro and Atlas.
On the Liga MX draft day, Joao Rojas was transferred to Cruz Azul, and was given the number 11 shirt. His club debut came on July 20, winning 1-0 against Monterrey. On July 26, Joao scored his first goal for Cruz Azul, losing 3-2 against Santos Laguna.
He was called up to perform at the international level, getting his first cap against Mexico in November 2008. He came on as a substitute in the final minutes of the game. Rojas earned his first senior start the next year in March 2009, in a friendly played against El Salvador.
Rojas have been compared by "El Universo" to Christian Benítez because of his speed, skills, and size. He performed in the U-20 team in Venezuela for the 2009 South American Youth Championship. He scored the two goals in Ecuador's 2-1 win against Peru in the youth championship. Rojas has now been called up for the upcoming South American World Cup Qualifiers and is in contention for a starting line up alongside Carlos Tenorio due to a shoulder injury. Rojas was picked in the 2014 World Cup by Reinaldo Rueda. He came on in the 77' in Ecuador first match against Switzerland.
|1.||11 November 2011||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–2||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||21 March 2013||Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador||El Salvador||5–0||5–0||International Friendly|
- As of February 21, 2016
|Ecuador national team|
- Cruz Azul
- "São Paulo anuncia a contratação do equatoriano Joao Rojas" [São Paulo announces the hiring of the Ecuadorian Joao Rojas] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.