|Full name||Leandson Dias da Silva|
|Date of birth||4 April 1981|
|Place of birth||Recife, Brazil|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2003||→ Portuguesa Santista (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 May 2011
Born in Recife, Rico joined São Paulo Futebol Clube in 2002, and played on the same team as Brazil international and AC Milan midfielder Kaká. He also played for Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto-Alegrense. Rico moved to Bahrain to play for Muharraq Club in 2005, and has spent the past five seasons there.
Last season Rico scored many important goals leading Muharraq to the Bahraini premiership. Rico scored in the last second of the match against Sitra by a penalty to secure the league for Muharraq. Rico also helped Muharraq to beat Riffa Club 2-1 in the final of the Crown Prince cup, and helped in Muharraq's run to the AFC Cup 2006 final where they narrowly lost on aggregate against Al Faisaly of Jordan.
In the 2006-07 season, Rico returned with Muharraq. At the beginning of the year he led Muharraq to the Bahraini Super Cup against Al Najma, by scoring a back heel goal to beat Bahrain international goalkeeper Abdulrahman AbdulKarim. He scored 25 goals in 21 games in the Bahraini league helping Muharraq to the championship. In 2008, he scored 187 goals in 11 games granting him the title of The World's Top Goal Scorer from IFFHS.