Hámilton Ricard

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Hámilton Ricard
Personal information
Full name Hámilton Ricard Cuesta
Date of birth (1974-01-12) 12 January 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1998 Deportivo Cali 61 (22)
1998–2001 Middlesbrough 115 (33)
2001–2002 CSKA Sofia 12 (3)
2002 Independiente Santa Fe 0 (0)
2003 Shonan Bellmare 9 (1)
2003 Cortuluá 3 (0)
2004 Emelec 25 (17)
2004 APOEL 15 (6)
2005 Deportivo Cali 6 (0)
2005 Numancia 16 (2)
2006–2007 Danubio 25 (11)
2007–2008 Shanghai Shenhua 42 (14)
2009–2010 Danubio 10 (3)
2010–2011 Concepción 16 (5)
2011–2012 Deportes Quindío 30 (10)
2012–2013 Cortuluá 11 (0)
National team
1995–2000 Colombia 27 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Hámilton Ricard Cuesta (born 12 January 1974) is a Colombian former footballer who played as a striker. He played for clubs in 10 different countries over the course of his career, including Colombian sides Deportivo Cali, Cortuluá, Independiente Santa Fe and Deportes Quindío, English club Middlesbrough, CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, Emelec in Ecuador, Japanese side Shonan Bellmare, APOEL in Cyprus, Spanish side Numancia, Uruguayan club Danubio and Concepción in Chile.

Career[edit]

Ricard was signed for Middlesbrough by manager Bryan Robson for a fee of £2 million in 1998, and scored 33 goals in 115 appearances over a four-year Middlesbrough career. He was twice Middlesbrough's top scorer. When Steve McClaren took over the reins, Ricard was deemed surplus to requirements and allowed to move to CSKA Sofia on a free transfer.[1] After one season in Bulgaria, Ricard moved to Japan, where he joined Second Division side Shonan Bellmare.[2]

Since leaving Middlesbrough, Ricard courted controversy both on and off the pitch. In 2002, he was involved in a car accident that killed a passenger,[3] and was banned from football for 12 months for attacking a referee and making obscene gestures to the crowd while playing for Guayaquil side Emelec. The ban was reduced on appeal, and since then, Ricard attempted to move back to Europe to rejuvenate his career. He briefly played in Cyprus for APOEL, before signing a year's deal with Numancia for the 2005–06 season. He played 16 times, scoring two goals.

After he moved to Danubio in Uruguay where he scored 12 goals and played a key role helping Danubio to win the Uruguayan 2006–07 season. In June 2007 he trialled with Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua, subsequently signing a contract with the Chinese club.

Ricard has represented Colombia 27 times, scoring five goals.

On 24 January 2007, Ricard was sentenced by a Colombian court to three years in prison for the 2002 car incident. His lawyers have indicated an appeal is likely. He has not yet served the sentence.[4][5]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Colombia League
1993 Deportivo Cali Primera A 15 5
1994 46 17
1995
1996 36
1997
England League
1997–98 Middlesbrough First Division 9 2
1998–99 Premier League 36 15
1999–2000 34 12
2000–01 27 4
2001–02 9 0
Bulgaria League
2001–02 CSKA Sofia A PFG 9 1
Colombia League
2002 Independiente Santa Fé Primera A 0 0
Japan League
2003 Shonan Bellmare J2 League 12 2
Colombia League
2003 Cortuluá Primera A 3 0
Ecuador League
2004 Emelec Serie A 25 17
Cyprus League
2004–05 APOEL First Division 15 6
Colombia League
2005 Deportivo Cali Primera A 6 0
Spain League
2005–06 Numancia Segunda División 16 2
Uruguay League
2006–07 Danubio Primera División 25 11
China PR League
2007 Shanghai Shenhua Super League 15 5
2008 27 9
Uruguay League
2009–10 Danubio Primera División 10 3
Country Colombia 70 58
England 115 33
Bulgaria 9 1
Japan 12 2
Ecuador 25 17
Cyprus 15 6
Spain 16 2
Uruguay 35 14
China PR 27 9
Total 324 106

Personal life[edit]

Ricard has a daughter,[6] and currently lives in Colombia.

International goals[edit]

# Date Stadium Rival Goal Result Competition
1 8-6-1997 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo  Uruguay 1-1 1-1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 13-6-1997 Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz  Mexico 1-2 1-2 Copa América 1997
3 5-7-1997 Nacional de Chile, Chile  Chile 1-3 1-4 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 7-7-1999 Estadio Feliciano Cáceres  Ecuador 2-0 2-1 Copa América 1999

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sofia So Good For Hamilton". Middlesbrough FC. 26 March 2002. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hamilton Moves To Japan". Middlesbrough FC. 16 January 2003. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Boro star Ricard hurt in death crash". ABC News Online. 16 December 2002. 
  4. ^ "Former Columbia striker Ricard facing jail". ESPN Soccernet. 24 January 2007. 
  5. ^ http://southamerican-futbol.blogspot.com/2010/11/what-ever-happened-to-hamilton-ricard.html
  6. ^ "Hamilton Goes Back To School". Middlesbrough F.C. 28 March 2001. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.