Ricardo Álvarez Puig
|Full name||Ricardo Álvarez Puig|
|Date of birth||11 September 1984|
|Place of birth||Vigo, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2016.
Celta / Córdoba
Born in Vigo, Galicia, Richy began his career at hometown club Celta de Vigo, playing almost exclusively for their reserves in Segunda División B. His lone appearance for the first team was on 26 August 2007 on the first day of the Segunda División season, playing the entirety of a 1–1 home draw against Córdoba CF in which he featured as a right back, and being notified of this by manager Hristo Stoichkov one hour before kick-off.
On 14 July 2009, after helping Celta B to fifth place, Richy signed a one-year contract at Córdoba. He made his debut on 29 August as they began the campaign with a 0–3 loss at neighbours Real Betis, and the following 27 March he was sent off in a 2–0 home win over leaders Real Sociedad.
On 21 June 2011, Richy turned down a two-year deal at Córdoba to move to Girona FC – also in the second level – for one year. He made his debut on 26 August in a 1–4 home loss to Elche CF, receiving a red card towards the end; he missed the vast majority of the season, due to an external lateral ligament injury to his right knee.
Richi's first goal for the Catalans came on 16 March 2013, opening their 3–1 win at Recreativo de Huelva. In his fourth year, he netted a career-best four goals and was ever-present until his late dismissal in the penultimate match, a 1–0 away success against RCD Mallorca.
- "Cantera para vivir, no solo para sobrevivir" [Academy for living, not only for surviving] (in Spanish). Vigo É. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "El Córdoba ficha a Richi Álvarez" [Córdoba sign Richi Álvarez]. Marca (in Spanish). 14 July 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "Batacazo del líder en El Arcángel" [Leader crashed in El Arcángel]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 March 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "El Córdoba huye del miedo" [Córdoba escape from fear]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 April 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "El Girona ficha al central Richy" [Girona sign stopper Richy]. Marca (in Spanish). 21 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "El Elche se lleva los tres primeros puntos a domicilio" [Elche get first three away points]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 August 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "El central Richy, lesionado de gravedad" [Stopper Richy, seriously injured]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 17 November 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "El Girona sigue a la caza del ascenso directo" [Girona carry on in the hunt for automatic promotion]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 March 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "Sandaza deja al Girona con pie y medio en Primera" [Sandaza leaves Girona with a foot-and-a-half in Primera]. Sport (in Spanish). 31 May 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2016.