Peláez in 2013
|Full name||Ricardo Peláez Linares|
|Date of birth||14 March 1963|
|Place of birth||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
As a player, Peláez made his debut with Club América in 1985, before moving to Necaxa in 1987 and becoming a mainstay for the club, making over 300 appearances and scoring 138 goals, making him the club's all-time leading goalscorer. He had a second stint with América in 1997, and transferred a year later to arch-rivals Guadalajara before retiring in 2000. Peláez also represented the Mexico national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Following his retirement, Peláez became a commentator for Televisa Deportes. In November 2011 he became Sporting President for Club América. From October 2013 to July 2014 he was the Sporting Director of the Mexico national team, returning to América immediately following the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He left his position as sporting president in April 2017.
Ricardo Peláez Linares started his career as an accountant. After finishing his studies in accounting, Ricardo started to work doing public accountancy which he believed was something extremely boring and tiresome. Football being his hobby and passion, he decided to go for trials at Club América. He was 23 when the club headhunters recognized his talents and decided to place him in the first team. He scored his first goal for America in the 1985 Prode Final, in which America won.
He has claimed to be a boyhood fan of América, and Club Necaxa. He is the leading scorer in Necaxa's history with 138 goals made during his tenure with the team from 1987 to 1997.
Peláez returned to América for one year after which he joined América's rival-club Guadalajara in the winter of 1998. In 2000, he was forced into retirement due to knee injuries at age 35. Peláez scored 172 goals and registered 40 assists during his career.
He was commemorated in Necaxa's new facilities in Aguascalientes when a training field was named after him.
Peláez was part of the Mexico national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring two goals in the tournament. Peláez scored the equalizer against South Korea in a 3–1 win. Peláez scored his second goal of the tournament in a 2–2 draw against the Netherlands. Overall Peláez capped 43 times for Mexico and scored 16 goals.
|1.||August 10, 1989||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||South Korea||1–0||4–2||1989 Los Angeles Cup|
|5.||March 20, 1990||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Uruguay||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|6.||April 17, 1990||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Colombia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|7.||January 11, 1996||Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, United States||Saint Vincent||1–0||5–0||1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|9.||May 29, 1996||Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Hakata-ku, Japan||Japan||2–0||2–3||1996 Kirin Cup|
|10.||September 15, 1996||Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Saint Vincent||1–0||3–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12.||November 20, 1996||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||El Salvador||2–0||3–1||Friendly|
|13.||May 20, 1998||Bislett Stadium, Oslo, Norway||Norway||1–2||2–5||Friendly|
|15.||June 13, 1998||Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France||South Korea||1–1||3–1||1998 FIFA World Cup|
|16.||June 25, 1998||Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France||Netherlands||1–2||2–2||1998 FIFA World Cup|
On 8 November 2011, following the departure of Michel Bauer as president, it was announced that Peláez was named the new Sporting President of Club América as part of a complete organizational restructuring. His first act as president was the signing of Miguel Herrera as the club's new manager.
Under Peláez's presidency, América has qualified to the playoffs every season, reaching the league final four times (winning the 2013 Clausura and 2014 Apertura tournaments), as well as winning the CONCACAF Champions' League twice (winning the 2014–15 and 2015–16 editions).
In 2004, Peláez became a commentator for football matches on Mexican television station Televisa. Pelaez has also lent his voice alongside Enrique Bermúdez to be the Spanish language commentators for the FIFA videogames.
- Mexican Primera División: 1994–95, 1995–96
- Copa México: 1994–95
- CONCACAF Cup Winners' Cup: 1994
- Campeón de Campeones: 1995
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- "Ricardo Peláez, nuevo Presidente Deportivo del América" (in Spanish). Diario Récord. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
- "Miguel Herrera es el técnico del América" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- "Mano a mano: Ricardo Peláez - 'Inge' Rodríguez" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 20 December 2016.