Ricardo Fernandes (footballer, born January 1978)
|Full name||Ricardo Manuel da Silva Fernandes|
|Date of birth||14 January 1978|
|Place of birth||Azurém, Portugal|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2016.
After making his Primeira Liga debuts with lowly S.C. Salgueiros, which folded soon after, Fernandes moved to Moreirense FC, playing there for a further two top flight seasons. For 2005–06 he joined Madeira's C.D. Nacional, being an undisputed starter from the beginning and helping it achieve a fifth place (with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup) in his first year.
Fernandes signed for Romania's FC Rapid Bucureşti in July 2008, alongside compatriot José Peseiro whom arrived as manager. In the 2010–11 campaign he lost his starting position with the Liga I club and, in January 2011, aged 33, returned to his country and joined Rio Ave FC.
In June 2011, after no official appearances for the Vila do Conde team, Fernandes signed with former acquaintance Moreirense in the second division. He only missed four league games in his first season, as the Moreira de Cónegos side returned to the top level after seven years.