Ricardo Pérez de Zabalza Goytre
|Full name||Ricardo Pérez de Zabalza Goytre|
|Date of birth||14 April 1977|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2001–2002||Atlético Madrid B||49||(17)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
A late bloomer, he only began playing football well into his 20's, making his La Liga debuts at 26. He spent most of his ten-year professional career with Real Murcia (two spells), playing in 250 league games and scoring 29 goals both major levels of Spanish football combined.
After beginning his football career at already 23 with amateur CF Rayo Majadahonda, in his hometown of Madrid, Richi spent two further seasons with Atlético Madrid's B-team, having begun his career as a striker. In the 2002–03 campaign he joined Real Murcia, achieving promotion and making his La Liga debuts in his second year, his first appearance in the competition being in a 1–1 away draw against Celta de Vigo on 31 August 2003; an instrumental offensive element from his beginnings, he scored twice in 35 games as the club returned to the top flight again in 2007.
Richi was not as important in the following season, playing nearly 1,600 less minutes and only finding the net once, opening the scoresheet in a 4–1 home win against RCD Espanyol on 14 March 2010. In the summer, with Tenerife ultimately relegated, the 33-year-old returned to Murcia, also relegated but in division two.
- El Tenerife confirma el fichaje de Richi (Tenerife confirms Richi's signing); Canarias al Día, August 2008 (in Spanish)
- Tenerife claim crucial three points; ESPN Soccernet, 14 March 2010