Cadú (footballer, born 1981)

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Cadú celebrates a goal for CFR Cluj in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Manuel Ferreira Sousa
Date of birth (1981-12-21) 21 December 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Paços de Ferreira, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1990–2000 Paços Ferreira
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Aliados Lordelo 18 (4)
2001–2002 Gondomar 34 (8)
2002–2004 Paços Ferreira 46 (3)
2004–2006 Boavista 58 (3)
2006–2014 CFR Cluj 202 (27)
2014–2015 AEL Limassol 12 (2)
2015–2016 Gil Vicente 44 (7)
2016–2017 Leixões 14 (2)
2017– Merelinense 19 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Portugal U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018

Ricardo Manuel Ferreira Sousa (born 21 December 1981), known as Cadú, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Merelinense F.C. as a central defender.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 121 games and seven goals over the course of five seasons, with Paços de Ferreira, Boavista (two apiece) and Gil Vicente. He spent the vast majority of his career in Romania with CFR Cluj, appearing in nearly 250 official matches and winning eight major titles.

Football career[edit]


Born in Paços de Ferreira, Cadú began playing professionally with Gondomar SC,[1] in the Portuguese third division, his solid performances earning him a transfer straight to the Primeira Liga as he signed with another side in the north, F.C. Paços de Ferreira, in the 2002 summer. In his second season he started in 27 of the 28 matches he appeared in, but his team was relegated after ranking second from bottom.[2][3][4]

After Paços' relegation, Cadú joined Boavista FC,[5] also being an automatic first-choice – 30 games, two goals[6]– in his first year, with the Porto-based club ranking in sixth position.

CFR Cluj[edit]

After two seasons Cadú signed with CFR Cluj from Romania, penning a three-year deal for 750.000.[7] He scored once in 25 matches in his debut season, helping his new club to the third place in Liga I.

Cadú became CFR's captain in late 2007,[8] whilst helping the team to three consecutive Romanian Cup titles.[9] Additionally, at the end of the 2009–10 season, as they won their second league title in three years, he was voted Central Defender of the Year, alongside FC Unirea Urziceni's George Galamaz.[10]

On 19 October 2010, Cadú scored twice in the UEFA Champions League group stage match against FC Bayern Munich, once in his own net, in an eventual 2–3 away loss.[11] In late January 2012, he was awarded Romanian citizenship.[12]



CFR Cluj


  1. ^ "Hernâni Silva: "A nossa dignidade não admite dúvidas"" [Hernâni Silva: "Our dignity is beyond doubt"]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 May 2002. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cadú mantém titularidade" [Cadú remains a starter]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 December 2002. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Paços frente ao FC Porto: Fuga de Cadú dá vitória" [Paços against FC Porto: Cadú escape gives win]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 May 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cadú: "Vamos lá "roubar" pontos!"" [Cadú: "Let's go "steal" some points!"]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 April 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cadú por quatro anos compõe o tabuleiro" [Cadú for four years the final piece in chessboard]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 August 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "FC Porto frente ao Boavista: Dragão moribundo no adeus anunciado" [FC Porto against Boavista: Dying dragon in announced goodbye]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 April 2005. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cluj anuncia Cadú" [Cluj announce Cadú]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 July 2006. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cadu noul capitan al echipei din Gruia" [Cadu new captain in Gruia's squad] (in Romanian). Presa Online. 20 October 2007. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cupa Romaniei ramane la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renew Cup title!] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Best players in Romania". Scouting Romania. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bayern beat CFR Cluj to extend group lead". UEFA. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Cadú a primit cetatenie romana" [Cadú receives Romanian citizenship]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. [permanent dead link]

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