Oliveira training with Milan
|Full name||Ricardo de Oliveira|
|Date of birth||6 May 1980|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2006||→ São Paulo (loan)||8||(5)|
|2007–2008||→ Zaragoza (loan)||36||(18)|
|2010||→ São Paulo (loan)||15||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 June 2015.
Born in São Paulo, Oliveira began his career at Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, where he scored 23 goals over the course of three seasons in the Série A. In March 2001 he equalled a club record by netting in six consecutive matches and, in early 2003, he moved to Santos FC, although this was disputed in a sports court.
Oliveira scored for Santos in the group and knockout stages[clarification needed] of the 2003 Copa Libertadores, and he appeared in both legs[clarification needed] of the final, although his team lost to Boca Juniors.
Under the guidance of Rafael Benítez he scored eight La Liga goals in 21 games, including a fantastic long-range effort against FC Barcelona in a 1–0 away win in October, netting a hat-trick the following month at RCD Mallorca (5–0 success). The Che were eventually crowned national champions, adding the season's UEFA Cup.
However, after only one season, Oliveira joined Real Betis for a reported fee of €4 million. He scored a career-best 22 league goals in 37 appearances as the club reached the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever after finishing fourth, and also won the season's Copa del Rey against CA Osasuna, with the player netting the first in a 2–1 extra time win.
Oliveira scored his first official Champions League goal against R.S.C. Anderlecht, following a brace[clarification needed] – including a solo effort – against AS Monaco FC in the third qualifying round. Due to knee ligament damage sustained against Chelsea on 1 November 2005, he played nine times in the 2005–06 La Liga, although he netted four times.
Oliveira moved on loan to São Paulo FC in early 2006, in a bid to gain a place in Brazil's 2006 World Cup squad – prolonged recovery time meant he never made it but he did continue to compete for the club in all the fronts[clarification needed] until 10 August 2006. Previously, in August 2005, he had threatened leaving the Verdiblancos over economic issues.
Oliveira returned to Betis on 21 August following his loan spell, nine days later than he was requested, which caused controversy among the club's board of directors. The delay was caused by an unplanned schedule change made by CONMEBOL, which postponed the Libertadores final match one week, and his contract was due on the day after the previous final match date; he wanted to play on the decisive match and tried to reach an agreement with the Andalusians, even with a special allowance from FIFA, but the Spanish team would not cooperate.
The Serie A giants had just lost Andriy Shevchenko after the 2006 Italian football scandal, and signed Oliveira as his replacement on 31 August 2006, to a five-year deal. Johann Vogel moved in the opposite position as part of the deal after the two clubs negotiated nearly a week over the transfer fee, which reportedly reached €17.5 million.
Oliveira made his debut in the second half of Milan's 2006–07 opening-day match against S.S. Lazio, heading past Angelo Peruzzi from the goalline in a 2–1 home win. However, he scored only twice more after that for the Rossoneri in the league, adding two more in the season's Italian Cup; he spent most of the season under the stress of the October 2006 kidnapping of his sister, Maria Lourdes, who was released unharmed on 12 March 2007.
On 14 July 2007, Oliveira moved back to Spain and joined Real Zaragoza on loan, forming an impressive striker partnership with Argentine Diego Milito as the two scored 33 of the side's 50 goals during the campaign, which nonetheless ended in relegation. The Aragonese would have an option to purchase him for an agreed price when the loan period finished.
On 25 May 2008, Zaragoza bought Oliveira from Milan for reported €10 million.
However, in late January 2009, Oliveira re-joined Betis on a fee of €8.9 million with commission, signing until June 2013. He scored in the 83rd minute of his very first appearance, netting the second goal in the derby against Sevilla FC on 7 February, a 2–1 win at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
Betis would be eventually relegated, as both Oliveira (who struck in the last match, a 1–1 home draw against Real Valladolid) and former Zaragoza teammate Sergio García met the same fate for the second consecutive year.
In mid-July 2009 Oliveira, already immersed in pre-season with Betis, left for Al Jazira Club in a lucrative deal of about €14 million. In January of the following year he returned to his country and São Paulo, on loan.
In Al Jazira's opening match of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Oliveira scored his side's last goal in a 4–2 defeat of Nasaf Qarshi on 7 March 2012, netting three against the same opponent on 2 May (4–1 success). Two weeks later he scored all of his team's goals against Al Rayyan SC, in an eventual 4–3 win at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha.
In the competition's round-of-16 clash against Al-Ahli SC (Jeddah), Oliveira netted twice in an eventual 3–3 draw, but missed his shootout attempt to see his team be eliminated 2–4. In late January 2014, following the arrivals of Felipe Caicedo and Jucilei, he was released.
Return to Santos
On 12 January 2015 Oliveira returned to Santos, after agreeing to a five-month deal. He played his first match after his return on 1 February, coming on as a second half substitute for Geuvânio in a 3–0 home win against Ituano Futebol Clube.
He was subsequently included in the squad for the 2004 Copa América, winning his first cap on 8 July 2004 against Paraguay. During the event he also scored his first international goal, in the quarterfinal match against Mexico on the 18th, as Brazil went on to win the cup.
Subsequently, Oliveira became a regular in the Brazil setup as a cover for Ronaldo, Adriano and Robinho. He was also included in the squad for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, only missing out on the 2006 FIFA World Cup due to injury with Betis.
- As of 21 June 2015
- São Paulo
- Al Jazira
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