Abel Ruiz

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Abel Ruiz
Abel Ruiz at Future Cup 2016.jpg
Ruiz as player of FC Barcelona Juvenil B in 2016
Personal information
Full name Abel Ruiz Ortega
Date of birth (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 18)
Place of birth Almussafes, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Barcelona B
Youth career
2008–2012 Valencia
2012–2017 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Barcelona B 39 (5)
National team
2015–2017 Spain U17 38 (25)
2018 Spain U18 4 (7)
2017– Spain U19 8 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Abel Ruiz Ortega (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈβel ˈrwiθ]; born 28 January 2000) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona B as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Almussafes, Valencian Community, Ruiz joined FC Barcelona's youth setup in 2012, from Valencia CF.[1] On 21 November 2016, he renewed his contract with the club.[2]

On 9 April 2017, while still a junior, Ruiz made his senior debut with the reserves, coming on as a late substitute for Jesús Alfaro in a 2–0 Segunda División B away win against CF Badalona; he also became the first player born in the 2000s to make an appearance for the club's senior ranks.[3] He made his professional team debut on 28 August, replacing David Concha in an 0–3 home loss against CD Tenerife for the Segunda División championship.[4]

Ruiz scored his first professional goal on 1 September 2017, in a 2–2 draw against Granada CF.[5]

Abel Ruiz had his debut with FC Barcelona's first team in the Supercopa de Catalunya final on the 7th March 2018, against RCD Espanyol, by scoring the last shot of the penalty shoot-out, which allowed to win the trophy.[6]

International career[edit]

Ruiz made his debut for the Spain under-17 team on 25 October 2015, starting and scoring the first in a 2–0 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification win against Andorra.[7] He was also named in the list for the finals in Azerbaijan,[8] despite being one year younger than his teammates.

Ruiz finished the competition with four goals, being awarded the Silver Boot ; he was also included in the tournament's best eleven.[9] During the 2017 edition in Croatia, he captained the side as Spain achieved his ninth title.[10]

On 22 September 2017, Ruiz was included in Santiago Denia's squad ahead of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup,[11] and scored two braces in the tournament, scoring two goals in a 4–0 win against Niger on 10 October, and two more in a 3–1 semi-finals win against Mali on 25 October.[12]





Spain U17
Spain U18




  1. ^ "Abel Ruiz, el futuro nueve de España" [Abel Ruiz, the future nine of Spain] (in Spanish). Sphera Sports. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Abel Ruiz se queda en el Barça" [Abel Ruiz stays at Barça] (in Spanish). Sport. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  3. ^ "El almusafense Abel Ruiz debuta con el filial del FC Barcelona en la Segunda B" [The almusafense Abel Ruiz debuts with the reserve team of FC Barcelona in Segunda B] (in Spanish). Levante-EMV. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. ^ "El Tenerife se pone líder en Barcelona" [Tenerife become leader in Barcelona] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Tercer empate de un Granada que no termina de arrancar" [Third draw of a Granada which cannot get going] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Abel Ruiz, protagonista en la tanda de penaltis" [Abel Ruiz had his debut by scoring on the penalty shoot-out] (in Spanish). Sport. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Abel Ruiz abre el camino de la victoria de la selección española sub'17 ante Andorra" [Abel Ruiz shows the way to victory of Spain under-17s against Andorra] (in Spanish). Sport. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Cuatro representantes valencianos, rumbo a la Eurocopa Sub-17 de Azerbaiyán" [Four Valencians, to the under-17 European Championship in Azerbaijan] (in Spanish). FFCV. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Ten to watch from U17 EURO in Azerbaijan". UEFA.com. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Spain secure record third U17 EURO title". UEFA.com. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Oficial | Esta es la convocatoria para la Copa Mundial Sub-17 de India" [Official | This is the call-up for the Under-17 World Cup in India] (in Spanish). SeFutbol. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  12. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 - Matches - Mali-Spain - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  13. ^ "U17 Top scorers in Azerbaijan". UEFA.com. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Technical Report – Team of the Tournament". UEFA. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Abel Ruiz and Amine Gouiri equal record". UEFA.com. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Ruiz level with José Gomes as top U17 EURO scorer". UEFA.com. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Abel Ruiz, récord de la Sub 17" [Abel Ruiz, recordist of the under-17s] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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