Riki

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Riki
Riki - Deporitvo La Coruna.jpg
Riki playing with Deportivo in 2012
Personal information
Full name Iván Sánchez-Rico Soto
Date of birth (1980-08-11) 11 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Aranjuez, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1986–1995 Loyola
1995–1999 Ancora Aranjuez
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Aranjuez
2000–2002 Real Madrid C
2002–2004 Real Madrid B 51 (20)
2004–2006 Getafe 61 (10)
2006–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 204 (52)
2013–2015 Granada 36 (2)
2015–2016 Guadalajara 11 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2016.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sánchez-Rico and the second or maternal family name is Soto.

Iván Sánchez-Rico Soto (born 11 August 1980), known as Riki, is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker.

He spent most of his professional career with Deportivo, appearing in 226 competitive games and scoring 58 goals.

Football career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Riki was born in Aranjuez, Community of Madrid. After spending his youth career in amateur clubs in the area he played with both Real Madrid's reserve sides, C and B. In July 2004, after having signed an extension with the Merengues the previous year,[1] he was released and moved to another capital team, Getafe CF, making his La Liga debut on 12 September 2004 in a 1–2 home defeat to RCD Mallorca; on 13 March 2005 he scored against his former employer in a 2–1 home success[2] and, in his second season, netted eight league goals.

Deportivo[edit]

In late June 2006, Riki moved to Deportivo de La Coruña on a five-year contract.[3] During his first year he was an undisputed starter and, in the following campaign, he featured less prominently, but scored two more goals (five).

In the first game of the 2008–09 season, against Real Madrid, Riki was stretchered off the pitch with a hamstring injury, ironically after having subbed in himself.[4] He was out of action for two weeks,[5] subsequently netting on 2 November 2008 in a 3–0 success at Real Betis.[6]

Riki again suffered physical problems in the following season, but made the most of his 1,492 minutes as he scored eight goals, notably netting in the opener, a 2–3 loss at Real Madrid,[7] and in both matches against Xerez CD (3–0 away,[8] 2–1 at home[9]); the Galicians eventually finished in tenth position.

After his team's relegation in 2011, Riki netted 14 times as they bounced back as champions of the second division, including early strikes in home and away victories over Celta de Vigo in the Galician derby.[10][11]

Later years[edit]

When Deportivo were immediately relegated, Riki ended his seven-year tenure to remain in the top flight at Granada CF for the next three seasons.[12] He did not score for the Andalusians until 14 December 2013 in a 2–0 win at Rayo Vallecano,[13] and added only one more goal in a 3–3 draw on his return to Getafe.[14]

On 31 August 2015, 35-year-old Riki dropped down two levels to sign a two-year deal at CD Guadalajara.[15] He left at the end of his debut campaign, however, having been relegated from Segunda División B.[16]

Honours[edit]

Deportivo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madrid tie up striking starlets; UEFA.com, 3 October 2003
  2. ^ Riki rocks Madrid title dreams; UEFA.com, 14 March 2005
  3. ^ Riki ripe for Deportivo; UEFA.com, 22 June 2006
  4. ^ Deportivo La Coruña 2–1 Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 31 August 2008
  5. ^ Depor striker Riki ruled out for weeks; UEFA.com, 3 September 2008
  6. ^ Real Betis 0–3 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 2 November 2008
  7. ^ Real Madrid 3–2 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2009
  8. ^ Xerez continue to struggle; ESPN Soccernet, 23 September 2009
  9. ^ Early goals seal Depor victory; ESPN Soccernet, 20 February 2010
  10. ^ "En Galicia manda el Dépor" [Dépor rule in Galicia] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "El Deportivo vence al Celta en un derbi gallego para el recuerdo" [Deportivo defeat Celta in a Galician derby to remember] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Riki jugará en el Granada las tres próximas temporadas" [Riki will play the next three seasons at Granada] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Rayo Vallecano 0–2 Granada". Sky Sports. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Reparto de puntos entre Getafe y Granada en un partido loco" [Getafe and Granada share the points in a crazy match] (in Spanish). ABC. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Riki, un refuerzo de Primera para el C.D. Guadalajara" [Riki, Primera addition for C.D. Guadalajara] (in Spanish). CD Guadalajara. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "El Deportivo Guadalajara pone punto y final a la peor temporada de los últimos 34 años" [Deportivo Guadalajara bid farewell to worst season of last 34 years] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

  • Riki at BDFutbol
  • Riki at Futbolme (Spanish)
  • Riki at Soccerway