Ricardo Pereira (footballer, born 1993)

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Ricardo Pereira
Ricardo Pereira 2018 (cropped).jpg
Pereira with Portugal at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira
Date of birth (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Full-back
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 21
Youth career
2001–2004 Futebol Benfica
2004–2010 Sporting CP
2010–2011 Naval
2011–2012 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Vitória Guimarães 30 (0)
2013 Vitória Guimarães B 1 (0)
2013–2015 Porto B 18 (2)
2013–2018 Porto 46 (4)
2015–2017Nice (loan) 50 (2)
2018– Leicester City 35 (2)
National team
2011–2012 Portugal U19 3 (1)
2012–2013 Portugal U20 14 (4)
2013–2015 Portugal U21 18 (7)
2016 Portugal U23 1 (0)
2015– Portugal 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2018

Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira (born 6 October 1993) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a full-back for English club Leicester City.

After starting out at Vitória de Guimarães – winning the 2013 Taça de Portugal and being the competition's top scorer in the process – he signed with Porto, being part of the squad that won the 2017–18 Primeira Liga but also spending two years on loan to French club Nice.

An international since 2015, Pereira represented Portugal at the 2018 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Guimarães[edit]

Born in Lisbon of Cape Verdean descent,[2] Pereira began playing youth football with local C.F. Benfica, signing in 2010 with Associação Naval 1º de Maio after a six-year spell at Sporting CP's academy. He moved to Vitória S.C. after only one year, completing his development with the Guimarães-based club.[3]

On 1 April 2012, Pereira made his first-team – and Primeira Liga – debut, playing 12 minutes in a 3–1 home win against F.C. Paços de Ferreira.[4] He scored six goals in as many games in the 2012–13 edition of the Portuguese Cup,[5][6] including the 2–1 winner in the final against S.L. Benfica as the Minho Province side won the tournament for the first time in their history.[7]

Porto[edit]

On 16 April 2013, before the season was over, Pereira agreed to join FC Porto on 1 July, moving alongside teammate Tiago Rodrigues.[8] He alternated constantly between the first and the second teams during his early tenure, also being reconverted into a fullback by manager Paulo Fonseca;[9] his maiden appearance in the UEFA Champions League took place on 26 August 2014, when he replaced injured Casemiro late into the 2–0 home win over Lille OSC for the play-off round.[10]

In summer 2015, after only 33 first-team appearances in two seasons combined, Pereira was loaned for two years to French club OGC Nice.[11] He made his debut in Ligue 1 on 12 September, playing the entire 0–1 home loss to En Avant de Guingamp.[12]

In April 2016, Pereira was voted as the French League's best full-back by the International Centre for Sports Studies.[13]

Leicester City[edit]

On 17 May 2018, a €25 million deal was agreed for Pereira to move to Leicester City.[14] He made his Premier League debut on 10 August, playing the entire 1–2 away defeat against Manchester United.[15] He scored his first goal while celebrating his 25th birthday, netting after a counter-attack in a 1–2 home loss to Everton.[16]

On 7 May 2019, Ricardo was voted both his team's Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.[17]

International career[edit]

Pereira won 35 caps for Portugal at youth level, scoring 12 goals. He was part of the under-21 squad that finished second at the 2015 UEFA European Championship,[18] contributing with four starting appearances and netting in the 5–0 semi-final drubbing of Germany.[19]

Pereira was called up to the full side for the second time on 6 November 2015, ahead of friendlies against Russia and Luxembourg.[20] He made his debut in the former match, featuring eight minutes in the 0–1 loss in Krasnodar.[21]

Pereira was selected by manager Fernando Santos for his 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[22] He made his debut in the competition on 30 June, playing the entire 1–2 round-of-16 loss against Uruguay.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 May 2019[24][25]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Guimarães 2011–12 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 27 0 5 4 3 2 35 6
Total 30 0 5 4 3 2 38 6
Porto B 2013–14 12 1 12 1
2014–15 6 1 5 1
Total 18 2 17 2
Porto 2013–14 14 2 1 0 2 0 3 0 20 2
2014–15 5 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 13 0
2017–18 27 2 6 0 3 0 7 0 43 2
Total 46 4 7 0 10 0 13 0 76 4
Nice (loan) 2015–16 26 0 0 0 1 0 27 0
2016–17 24 2 1 0 0 0 5 0 30 2
Total 50 2 1 0 1 0 5 0 57 2
Leicester 2018–19 34 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 36 2
Career Total 178 10 13 4 16 2 18 0 225 16

International[edit]

As of 30 June 2018[26]
Portugal
Year Apps Goals
2015 2 0
2016 0 0
2017 1 0
2018 2 0
Total 5 0

Honours[edit]

Vitória Guimarães

Porto

Portugal

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ricardo Pereira". Leicester City F.C. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Nélson Semedo: e Portugal lá pescou mais um "tubarão"..." [Nélson Semedo: and Portugal fished yet another "shark"...] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Júnior Ricardito em Guimarães" [Junior Ricardito in Guimarães] (in Portuguese). O Navalista. 27 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 March 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  4. ^ "V. Guimarães 3–1 P. Ferreira" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Ricardo brace puts Vitória Guimarães in pole position to make Jamor". PortuGOAL. 27 March 2013. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b "O 'miúdo' dos seniores que ajudava nos treinos dos juniores" [The 'kid' from the seniors who helped out in the juniors' practice] (in Portuguese). Bancada. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Guimarães claim famous cup win". PortuGOAL. 26 May 2013. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Ricardo e Tiago Rodrigues reforçam dragões" [Ricardo and Tiago Rodrigues strengthen dragons]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 April 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Ricardo vê a luz que o guia à lateral" [Ricardo sees the light that guides him to the flank]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 January 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  10. ^ "FC Porto vence Lille e está na Liga dos Campeões" [FC Porto beat Lille and are in Champions League] (in Portuguese). TSF. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto) prêté deux ans à Nice" [Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto) loaned two years to Nice]. L'Équipe (in French). 31 August 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  12. ^ Maltret, Laurent (12 September 2015). "Nice – Guingamp: Younousse Sankharé fait plier Nice (0–1)" [Nice – Guingamp: Younousse Sankharé brings Nice to their knees (0–1)]. L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Devinez qui est le meilleur arrière latéral du championnat de France" [Guess who the French championship's best full-back is]. Nice-Matin (in French). 10 April 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Ricardo Pereira to Leicester City deal agreed". Leicester Mercury. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  15. ^ Begley, Emlyn (11 August 2018). "Manchester United 2–1 Leicester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  16. ^ Doyle, Paul (6 October 2018). "Gylfi Sigurdsson wonder strike gives Everton win over 10-man Leicester". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  17. ^ a b c "Ricardo bags awards double at end of season dinner". Leicester City F.C. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  18. ^ a b Kell, Tom (30 June 2015). "Spot-on Sweden beat Portugal to win U21 EURO". UEFA. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Five-goal Portugal stun Germany in semi-finals". UEFA. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Portugal gives Ronaldo a rest, calls up newcomers for games". USA Today. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Rússia vence Portugal em Krasnodar" [Russia beat Portugal in Krasnodar] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  22. ^ "Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup". Special Broadcasting Service. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  23. ^ Mather, Victor (30 June 2018). "Uruguay makes sure Ronaldo follows Messi out of World Cup". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  24. ^ Ricardo Pereira at ForaDeJogo Edit this at Wikidata
  25. ^ "Ricardo Pereira". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  26. ^ "Ricardo Pereira". EU-football.info. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  27. ^ "FC Porto é campeão nacional 2017/2018" [FC Porto are 2017/2018 national champions] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018.

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