|Full name||Paulo Ricardo Ferreira|
|Date of birth||13 June 1994|
|Place of birth||Laguna, Brazil|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2016–2017||→ Sion (loan)||15||(2)|
|2016–2017||→ Sion II (loan)||4||(0)|
|2018–2019||→ Fluminense (loan)||9||(0)|
|2019||→ Goiás (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:15, 14 July 2019 (UTC)|
Born in Laguna, Santa Catarina, Paulo Ricardo joined Santos' youth system in 2012, aged 18, after stints with Atlético Catarinense, Brusque and Figueirense. At the latter he also suffered with recurrent back injuries which included a vertebral fracture.
On 21 March 2014 Paulo Ricardo signed a new deal with Peixe, running until 2017. He made his first team debut on 18 July, coming on as a late substitute in a 2–0 home success against Palmeiras for the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A championship.
On 26 April 2015, after Werley's illness and Gustavo Henrique's injury, Paulo Ricardo was made a starter in 2015 Campeonato Paulista final against Palmeiras, but was sent off after committing a penalty in a 0–1 away loss. He appeared more regularly with the club during the campaign, being sometimes utilized as a defensive midfielder by manager Dorival Júnior.
On 24 July 2017, Paulo Ricardo joined Sion permanently, with Santos receiving a compensation fee. On 8 August of the following year, he returned to his homeland after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with Fluminense.
- As of 3 January 2020
|Sion II||2016–17||Promotion League||4||0||—||—||—||—||4||0|
- "Zagueiro supera grave lesão para ser titular do Santos na Copa São Paulo" [Stopper overcomes severe injury to become Santos' starter in Copa São Paulo] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "Santos FC renova com zagueiro Paulo Ricardo até 2017" [Santos FC renews with stopper Paulo Ricardo until 2017] (in Portuguese). Santos' official profile. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "Santos bate inofensivo Palmeiras na estreia de Gareca e encosta no G-4" [Santos defeats inoffensive Palmeiras in Gareca's debut and gets near to G-4] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "Com arbitragem polêmica, Palmeiras sai na frente do Santos na decisão" [With controversial refereeing, Palmeiras goes ahead of Santos in the final] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
- "Polivalente e titular, Paulo Ricardo lidera evolução da defesa do Santos" [Versatile and starter, Paulo Ricardo leads Santos' defensive evolution] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "Santos libera Paulo Ricardo para empréstimo ao Sion, da Suíça" [Santos release Paulo Ricardo for a loan to Sion, from Switzerland] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- "Santos recebe compensação e vende Paulo Ricardo para clube da Suíça" [Santos receive compensation and sell Paulo Ricardo to Swiss club] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "Zagueiro Paulo Ricardo é apresentado no Fluminense" [Stopper Paulo Ricardo is presented at Fluminense] (in Portuguese). Fluminense FC. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- Paulo Ricardo at Soccerway