|Full name||Rónald Gómez Gómez|
|Date of birth||24 January 1975|
|Place of birth||Puntarenas, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2004||→ Irapuato (loan)||16||(2)|
|2009||Santos de Guápiles||14||(2)|
|2010||Santos de Guápiles|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 July 2014|
An important player on the Costa Rican national team during the 1990s and 2000s, Gómez is one of Costa Rica's best forwards, known for his rocket shots and top dribbling.
Nicknamed La Bala (The Bullit), Gómez started his career at Carmelita and scored his first league goal on 20 September 1992 against Saprissa. He then scored 45 goals for Alajuelense before moving abroad.
He has played in 6 different countries: in Spain with Sporting Gijón and Hercules of Alicante, in Guatemala with Municipal, in Greece with OFI Crete, in Kuwait with Al Qadsia, in Mexico with Irapuato and in Cyprus with APOEL where he won the Cypriot First Division.
With Saprissa, he has won 4 national championship; and 1 CONCACAF Champions Cup, and was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup where Saprissa finished third behind São Paulo and Liverpool. He scored the winning goal in the final minutes of the game that Saprissa won in order to achieve the third place of the tournament against Al-Ittihad. His goal was considered among the best of the cup.
Return from retirement
In June 2009, Gómez came out of playing retirement for a final season at Santos after he was relegated to the second division as manager of Carmelita. After the season, he became manager of Santos.
Gómez made his debut for Costa Rica in a February 1993 UNCAF Nations Cup qualification match against Nicaragua and earned a total of 93 caps, scoring 26 goals. He represented his country in 27 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and figured at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. He also played at the 1993 and 2001 UNCAF Nations Cups as well as at the 1993, 2000 and 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 1997, 2001, and 2004 Copa América.
- Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
He made his debut as manager of Carmelita in January 2009. In October 2010 he was dismissed by Santos de Guápiles and he later managed second division sides Deportivo Cartagena and Juventud Escazuceña. In September 2013, he took charge of Guatemalan side Halcones and in May 2014 he returned to Costa Rica to take charge at Limón.
He is married to Gina Soto and they have two sons, Esteban and Daniel.
- Primera División de Costa Rica (3):
- 1995-96, 2005–06, 2007–08
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF (1):
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup (1):
- Cypriot First Division (1):
- Abreu, Pedro. "Mundial Alemania 2006 .:. Sitio especial de nacion.com". La Nación. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Los secretos de Pinino - Nación (in Spanish)
- Rónald Gómez debuta como técnico carmelo Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Gómez ilusiona a Gijón Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Gómez al Municipal Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Ronald Gómez jugará con equipo de Grecia Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Rónald Gómez y Mauricio Solís firmaron con Irapuato Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Ronald Gómez destaca en Chipre La última aventura de la Bala, un ‘trotamundos’ del futbol Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Goleador tico es campeón chipriota Gómez alcanza su primera liga europea Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Rónald Gómez – FIFA competition record
- La Bala Gómez jugaría con Santos - Nación (in Spanish)
- La Bala Gómez dirigirá a Santos Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Mamrud, Roberto (28 April 2008). "Rónald Gómez - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 1997 - Details[permanent dead link] - RSSSF
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2001 - Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1993 - Full Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2000 - Full Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2002 - Full Details - RSSSF
- Copa América 1997 - RSSSF
- Copa América 2001[permanent dead link] - RSSSF
- Copa América 2004[permanent dead link] - RSSSF
- Santos despide a Ronald Gómez Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Ronald Gómez es el nuevo técnico de Cartagena en la liga de ascenso Archived 26 April 2015 at Archive.today - Everardo Herrera (in Spanish)
- El Pato y la Bala se topan en el banco Archived 27 July 2014 at Archive.today - Nación (in Spanish)
- Costarricense Ronald Gómez nuevo técnico del Halcones de Guatemala - Nación (in Spanish)
- Rónald Gómez dirigirá a Limón FC Archived 20 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine - Al Día (in Spanish)
- Ronald Gómez con su primer trofeo europeo La Bala no sigue en Chipre - Nación (in Spanish)