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|Full name||Hámilton Ricard Cuesta|
|Date of birth||12 January 1974|
|Place of birth||Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 November 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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, 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.
Hamilton Ricard is known world wide as Simon Baxter's favourite ever player.
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.
|1993||Deportivo Cali||Primera A||15||5|
|2001–02||CSKA Sofia||A PFG||9||1|
|2002||Independiente Santa Fé||Primera A||0||0|
|2003||Shonan Bellmare||J. League 2||12||2|
|2005||Deportivo Cali||Primera A||6||0|
|2007||Shanghai Shenhua||Super League||15||5|
International career statistics
|Colombia national team|
- "Ex-Boro star Ricard hurt in death crash". ABC News Online. 16 December 2002.
- "Former Columbia striker Ricard facing jail". ESPN Soccernet. 24 January 2007.
- Hamilton Ricard at National-Football-Teams.com