Ricardo (footballer, born 1980)
|Full name||Ricardo Jorge Ferreira Pinto da Silva|
|Date of birth||19 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Azurém, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2016
Ricardo Jorge Ferreira Pinto da Silva (born 19 August 1980), known simply as Ricardo, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for F.C. Paços de Ferreira as a central defender or right back.
Ricardo was born in Azurém, Guimarães, Portugal, and he started playing football with amateurs Centro de Cultura e Desporto Desportivo de Ronfe and GD Serzedelo. In the following three years he played in the third division, representing F.C. Famalicão (one season) and S.C. Freamunde (two).
In the 2004 summer, Ricardo moved straight to the Primeira Liga, signing with S.C. Beira-Mar. He featured in 29 games in his first season (24 starts), but suffered team relegation; he continued to appear regularly for the Aveiro team during his spell, overall playing two seasons apiece in each of Portugal's major levels.
Ricardo returned to the top flight for 2008–09, joining F.C. Paços de Ferreira. In the following campaign's opener he scored with his head to earn his side a point against FC Porto in a 1–1 home draw, and was an everpresent defensive figure in his two-year stint.
In June 2010, Ricardo signed with Vitória de Guimarães also in the top tier – he had been brought up as a youth at the Minho club. In January 2012, after a brief spell in China, he returned to Portugal and Paços on a three 1/2-year contract.
- Falcao snatches point for 10-man Porto at Pacos de Ferreira; PortuGOAL, 16 August 2009
- Ricardo confirmado nos pacences (Ricardo confirmed by pacences); Record, 5 January 2012 (in Portuguese)
- Foreign contingent boost Cape Verde; FIFA.com, 21 May 2008
- "Portugal held to 0–0 draw by Cape Verde". USA Today. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.