Ricardo Esteves

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Ricardo Esteves
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Felipe dos Santos Esteves
Date of birth (1979-09-16) 16 September 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender, midfielder
Youth career
1990–1998 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Oriental
1999–2000 Benfica B 16 (0)
2000 Vitória Setúbal (loan) 14 (0)
2000 Alverca 4 (0)
2001 Benfica 10 (0)
2001 Benfica B 10 (0)
2002 Braga 5 (0)
2002–2003 Nacional 24 (0)
2004 Paços Ferreira 15 (0)
2004–2005 Reggina 16 (1)
2005–2006 Vicenza 18 (0)
2006–2007 Reggina 14 (1)
2007–2008 Marítimo 25 (0)
2008–2009 Asteras Tripoli 24 (0)
2010 FC Seoul 11 (4)
2010–2011 Marítimo 20 (0)
2012 Dalian Shide 7 (2)
National team
1998–1999 Portugal U20 19 (0)
1999–2000 Portugal U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ricardo Felipe dos Santos Esteves (born 16 September 1979) is a Portuguese retired footballer. On the right side of the pitch, he could play as either a defender or midfielder.

He played in 117 Primeira Liga games over the course of seven seasons, representing Vitória de Setúbal, Alverca, Benfica, Braga, Nacional, Paços de Ferreira and Marítimo in the competition. He also competed professionally in four other countries, mainly Italy.

Football career[edit]

Esteves was born in Lisbon. After arriving at S.L. Benfica at the age of 11 he moved constantly between the club's main and reserve squads, only appearing in ten games in the league, all in the same season. He was loaned once during his contract, and also had a brief spell with feeder club F.C. Alverca.

Released in January 2002 Esteves represented, in quick succession, S.C. Braga, C.D. Nacional and F.C. Paços de Ferreira, after which he began an abroad adventure, playing three years in Italy with Reggina Calcio (two) and Vicenza Calcio in both major levels.

Esteves played in the 2007–08 campaign back in his country, with C.S. Marítimo, after which he moved again, now to Greece and Asteras Tripoli FC. In January 2010 he was sold to FC Seoul, scoring in his debut against Daejeon Citizen FC.

In June, after four goals and as many assists, Esteves was released. Late in that month he returned to his country and former side Marítimo, which had qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

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