|Full name||Ricardo Felipe dos Santos Esteves|
|Date of birth||16 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Right back / Midfielder|
|2000||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||14||(0)|
|2000||→ Alverca (loan)||4||(0)|
|2002||→ Braga B (loan)||2||(0)|
|2002||→ Braga (loan)||5||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Vicenza (loan)||18||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played in 117 Primeira Liga games over the course of seven seasons, representing Vitória de Setúbal, Alverca, Benfica, Braga, Nacional, Paços de Ferreira and Marítimo in the competition. He also competed professionally in four other countries, mainly Italy.
Esteves was born in Lisbon. After arriving at S.L. Benfica at the age of 11 he moved constantly between the club's first and reserve teams, only appearing in ten games in the Primeira Liga, all in the same season. He was loaned once during his contract, and also had a brief spell with farm team F.C. Alverca.
Released in January 2002, Esteves represented in quick succession S.C. Braga, C.D. Nacional and F.C. Paços de Ferreira. Afterwards, he began an abroad adventure, playing three years in Italy with Reggina Calcio (two) and Vicenza Calcio in both major levels.
Esteves spent the 2007–08 campaign back in his country with C.S. Marítimo, after which he moved again, now to Greece and Asteras Tripoli FC. In January 2010 he was sold to FC Seoul, scoring in his debut against Daejeon Citizen FC.
All youth levels comprised, Esteves won 53 caps for Portugal (no goals). He participated with the under-20s in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Nigeria; in the round of 16 against Japan, as the team had no substitutes left and Sérgio Leite got injured, he played as a goalkeeper for more than one hour, conceding no goals in regulation time in an eventual 4–5 penalty shootout loss (1–1 after 120 minutes).
- "Proposta de renovação para Ricardo Esteves" [Renewal proposal for Ricardo Esteves]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 August 2000. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Ricardo Esteves regressa à ilha" [Ricardo Esteves returns to the island] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Sub-20: Guardião imprevisto no adeus aos Mundiais" [Under-20: Unexpected goalie in goodbye to World Championships]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 June 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2018.