|Full name||Raúl Mario Ruidíaz Misitich|
|Date of birth||25 July 1990|
|Place of birth||Villa Maria del Triunfo, Peru|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|2008–2009||→ U América FC (loan)||11||(3)|
|2012||Universidad de Chile||15||(8)|
|2013–||→ Universitario (loan)||60||(32)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Raúl Mario Ruidíaz Misitich (Spanish pronunciation: [raˈul rujˈðiaθ misiˈtitʃ], born 25 July 1990) is a Peruvian footballer that currently plays for Universitario, on loan from Coritiba, club of the Brazilian Série A, and also in the Peruvian national team as a striker. He holds the Croatian diaspora and his nickname is Peruvian Messi for his notable abilities. He began his career at Universitario de Deportes, a powerhouse club of Peru, in where Ruidíaz become an idol in the 2011 season, with only 21 years old. In January 2012, he joined to Primera División club Universidad de Chile, after the good work of Azul Azul, earning under Jorge Sampaoli's orders the Torneo de Apertura and the heart of the fans.
Ruidíaz made his international debut was in a 0–0 away loss with Japan at Niigata for the Kirin Cup. In June 2011, Ruidíaz was called up by the coach Sergio Markarián to the Copa América held in Argentina, being member of the squad that finished in the tournament's third place, after of the 4–1 victory over Venezuela, playing one game for the contest against the Chilean football team.
Ruidíaz grew up in the Lima neighbourhood of Villa María del Triunfo and made his first steps in club football at Primera División club Universitario de Deportes aged eight. In January 2008, the player was promoted to the first adult team and immediately loaned to América Cochahuayco, the club's filial team, directed by the coach Héctor Chumpitaz, an historic football player of the Peruvian national team in the 1982 World Cup. His first professional goal was against Hijos de Acosvinchos. After the arrival of Jorge Gonzáles, he began to play as a striker.
Ruidíaz made his professional debut in the Peruvian First Division on 4 October 2009 against Total Chalaco in the Monumental, at the age of 19. The coach at the time, Juan Reynoso, decided to play him from the start of the match, which finished 2-1 in favor of Universitario. He finished the season by scoring 3 goals in 7 games in the Peruvian 2009 Championship and also won his first National title with Universitario de Deportes. Ruidíaz has often been called pequeño Messi (little Messi) in his home country, mainly because of his ability to charge a player one on one, as well as his unique technical skills. Ruidiaz was listed among the greatest talents of South American football by O Globo Brazilian newspaper in 2010.
Universidad de Chile
On 20 January 2012, Ruidíaz was appointed as new player of the Primera División club Universidad de Chile. Despite some early success with his new club, Raul's lack of match fitness and the emergence of young talented strikers at the club Ruidíaz fell out of favour with the Universidad de Chile manager towards the end of the season. On 15 July 2012, Ruidíaz and club Universidad de Chile had mutually agreed to release him.
Ruidíaz debuted in the Copa América.
|U América FC||2009||11||3||–||–||–||–||11||3|
|Universidad de Chile||2012||15||8||–||–||9||0||24||8|
|Peru national team|
- Universitario de Deportes
- Club Universidad de Chile
- "La U presentó sus nuevas caras para el 2012 con peruano Ruidíaz como novedad". Emol.com. 20 January 2012.
- "Raúl Ruidíaz afirma que se va muy triste de la Universidad de Chile". Rpp.com.pe. 15 July 2012.