Hamilton Ricard

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Hámilton Ricard
Personal information
Full name Hámilton Ricard Cuesta
Date of birth (1974-01-12) 12 January 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Cortuluá
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Deportivo Cali 61 (22)
1997–2001 Middlesbrough 115 (33)
2001–2002 CSKA Sofia 12 (3)
2003 Shonan Bellmare 9 (1)
2003 Cortuluá 3 (0)
2004 Emelec 25 (17)
2004 APOEL 15 (6)
2005 Deportivo Cali 6 (0)
2005 Numancia 16 (2)
2006–2007 Danubio 25 (11)
2007–2008 Shanghai Shenhua 42 (14)
2009–2010 Danubio 10 (3)
2010–2011 Concepción 21 (8)
2011–2012 Deportes Quindío 16 (7)
2012– Cortuluá 11 (0)
National team
1995–2000 Colombia 27 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 November 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Ricard and the second or maternal family name is Cuesta.

Hámilton Ricard Cuesta (born 12 January 1974 in Quibdó) is a Colombian footballer who plays for Colombian team Cortuluá as a striker, and has played for Deportivo Cali, Middlesbrough, CSKA Sofia, Independiente, Emelec, Shonan Bellmare, APOEL, Numancia, Danubio and Concepción over the course of his career.

Career[edit]

Ricard was signed by Bryan Robson for a fee of £2 million in 1998, and scored 33 goals in 92 starts (with 23 substitute appearances) over a four-year Middlesbrough career. He was twice Middlesbrough's top scorer. When Steve McClaren took over the reins, Ricard was deemed surplus to requirements and allowed to move to CSKA Sofia on a free transfer.

Since leaving Middlesbrough, Ricard courted controversy both on and off the pitch. In 2002, he was involved in a car accident that killed a passenger,[1] and was banned from football for twelve months for attacking a referee and making obscene gestures to the crowd while playing for Guayaquil side Emelec. The ban was reduced on appeal, and since then, Ricard attempted to move back to Europe to rejuvenate his career. He briefly played in Cyprus for APOEL, before signing a year's deal with Numancia for the 2005–06 season. He played 16 times, scoring two goals.

After he moved to Danubio in Uruguay where he scored 12 goals and played a key role helping Danubio to win the Uruguayan 2006–07 season. In June 2007 he trialled with Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua, subsequently signing a contract with the Chinese club.

Ricard has represented Colombia 27 times, scoring 5 goals.


On 24 January 2007, Ricard was sentenced by a Colombian court to three years in prison for the 2002 car incident. His lawyers have indicated an appeal is likely. He has not yet served the sentence.[2][3]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Colombia League
1993 Deportivo Cali Primera A 15 5
1994 46 17
1995
1996 36
1997
England League
1997–98 Middlesbrough First Division 9 2
1998–99 Premier League 36 15
1999–2000 34 12
2000–01 27 4
2001–02 9 0
Bulgaria League
2001–02 CSKA Sofia A PFG 9 1
Colombia League
2002 Independiente Santa Fé Primera A 0 0
Japan League
2003 Shonan Bellmare J. League 2 12 2
Colombia League
2003 Cortuluá Primera A 3 0
Ecuador League
2004 Emelec Serie A 25 17
Cyprus League
2004–05 APOEL First Division 15 6
Colombia League
2005 Deportivo Cali Primera A 6 0
Spain League
2005–06 Numancia Segunda División 16 2
Uruguay League
2006–07 Danubio Primera División 25 11
China PR League
2007 Shanghai Shenhua Super League 15 5
2008 27 9
Uruguay League
2009–10 Danubio Primera División 10 3
Country Colombia 70 58
England 115 33
Bulgaria 9 1
Japan 12 2
Ecuador 25 17
Cyprus 15 6
Spain 16 2
Uruguay 35 14
China PR 27 9
Total 324 106

International career statistics[edit]

Colombia national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 3 1
1996 1 0
1997 13 3
1998 2 0
1999 6 1
2000 2 0
Total 27 5

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