Fran Rico

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Fran Rico
Personal information
Full name Francisco Manuel Rico Castro
Date of birth (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Portonovo, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
1997–2001 Portonovo
2001–2005 Pontevedra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Pontevedra 63 (3)
2008–2011 Real Madrid B 52 (11)
2011– Granada 58 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rico and the second or maternal family name is Castro.

Francisco Manuel "Fran" Rico Castro (born 3 August 1987) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Granada CF as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]


Born in Portonovo, Pontevedra, Rico joined local Pontevedra CF's youth ranks at the age of 14, making his senior debut on 18 December 2005 in a Segunda División B match against CD San Isidro.[1]

Mainly a substitute in his first year, he became an important part of the Galicians' squad in the following seasons.

Real Madrid[edit]

In the 2008 summer Rico joined Real Madrid, being assigned to the reserve team also in the third division. He made his debut on 31 August, scoring the first goal in a 2–0 win at UD Vecindario.[2] On 14 September, in only his third appearance, against CD Alfaro, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury only eight minutes after the start of the match, being lost for the rest of the campaign.[3]

Thirteen months after his injury Rico played his first game of the season, against RSD Alcalá. On 8 November 2009, less than one month later, he scored twice against Gimnástica de Torrelavega in a 4–2 home victory.[4]

In the first round of 2010–11 Rico found the net against Coruxo FC, in a 3–2 home win.[5] He scored a career-best six goals during the campaign, including one in the unsuccessful promotion playoffs.


On 5 August 2011 Rico left Castilla and signed for Granada CF, with Real Madrid retaining an option for the player in case of a future transfer.[6] On 25 September he scored his first La Liga goal in only his second league game for his new club: after replacing Moisés Hurtado at half-time, he netted the equalizer in an eventual 1–1 home draw against CA Osasuna.[7]

In April 2012, Rico was sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering another injury to his right knee.[8][9] He also missed the entirety of the following campaign.[10]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 25 September 2011[11]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pontevedra 2005–06 3 1 3 1
2006–07 24 1 24 1
2007–08 36 1 3 0 39 1
Total 63 3 3 0 66 3
Real Madrid B 2008–09 3 1 3 1
2009–10 18 4 18 4
2010–11 31 6 31 6
Total 52 11 52 11
Granada 2011–12 2 1 0 0 0 0
Total 2 1 0 0 0 0
Career totals 115 14 3 0 118 14


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