|Full name||Ricardo Peláez Linares|
|Date of birth||March 14, 1963|
|Place of birth||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ricardo Peláez Linares (born March 14, 1963) is a former Mexican footballer. He represented Mexico at the FIFA World Cup in 1998. He scored two goals, in the group matches against South Korea, a 3–1 win for Mexico, and a 2–2 draw with Netherlands.
Ricardo Peláez started his career as an accountant. After finishing his studies in accounting, Ricardo started to work doing public accountancy which he believed was something extremely boring and tiresome. Soccer being his hobby and passion, he decided to go for trials at Club América. Even though he was 23 at that time, the headhunters at the club instantly recognized his talents and decided to place him in the first team right away.
Even though Ricardo started his career with América, he has claimed to be a boyhood fan of not only América, but of Club Necaxa as well. He is the leading scorer in Necaxa's history with 138 goals since his arrival in 1987 and his departure in 1997.
Peláez moved back with América for one year to which afterwards he joined América's rival-club Guadalajara in the winter of 1998. In 2000 he was forced into retirement due to various knee injuries at the age of 35. Peláez scored 172 goals and registered 40 assists in his career.
He was commemorated in Necaxa's new facilities in Aguascalientes when a training field was named after him.
Peláez was part of the Mexico's 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, scoring two goals in the tournament. Peláez scored the equalizer against South Korea in a 3–1 win. Peláez scored his second goal of the tournament in a 2–2 draw against the Netherlands. Overall Peláez capped 43 times for Mexico and scored 16 goals.
|1.||August 10, 1989||Los Angeles, United States||South Korea||4–2||Win||1989 Los Angeles Cup|
|2.||August 10, 1989||Los Angeles, United States||South Korea||4–2||Win||1989 Los Angeles Cup|
|3.||August 10, 1989||Los Angeles, United States||South Korea||4–2||Win||1989 Los Angeles Cup|
|4.||August 10, 1989||Los Angeles, United States||South Korea||4–2||Win||1989 Los Angeles Cup|
|5.||March 20, 1990||Los Angeles, United States||Uruguay||2–1||Win||Friendly|
|6.||April 17, 1990||Los Angeles, United States||Colombia||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|7.||January 11, 1996||San Diego, United States||Saint Vincent||5–0||Win||1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|8.||January 11, 1996||San Diego, United States||Saint Vincent||5–0||Win||1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|9.||May 29, 1996||Mori, Japan||Japan||2–3||Loss||1996 Kirin Cup|
|10.||September 15, 1996||Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Saint Vincent||3–0||Win||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||September 15, 1996||Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Saint Vincent||3–0||Win||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12.||November 20, 1996||Los Angeles, United States||El Salvador||3–1||Win||Friendly|
|13.||May 20, 1998||Oslo, Norway||Norway||2–5||Loss||Friendly|
|14.||May 20, 1998||Oslo, Norway||Norway||2–5||Loss||Friendly|
|15.||June 13, 1998||Lyon, France||South Korea||3–1||Win||1998 FIFA World Cup|
|16.||June 25, 1998||Saint-Étienne, France||Netherlands||2–2||Draw||1998 FIFA World Cup|
In 2004, Peláez became a commentator for football matches on Mexican television station Televisa. Pelaez has also lent his voice alongside Enrique Bermúdez to be the Spanish language commentators for the FIFA videogames.
- Ricardo Peláez Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)