Ronald Raldes

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Raldes and the second or maternal family name is Balcázar.
Ronald Raldes
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Ronald Raldes in 2007
Personal information
Full name Ronald Raldes Balcázar
Date of birth (1981-04-20) April 20, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Destroyers 64 (2)
2000–2003 Oriente Petrolero 131 (9)
2004–2008 Rosario Central 136 (3)
2008–2009 Al-Hilal 2 (0)
2009 Cruz Azul 2 (0)
2009–2010 Maccabi Tel Aviv 24 (0)
2010–2013 Colón 72 (0)
2014–2016 Oriente Petrolero 116 (4)
2017- Bolívar 6 (0)
National team
2001 Bolivia U-20 4 (0)
2001– Bolivia 95 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:02, 11 September 2013 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2016

Ronald Raldes Balcázar (born April 20, 1981 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra) is a Bolivian football defender. He is currently playing for Bolívar of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano.

Club career[edit]

Raldes started his career with Club Destroyers in 1998, the following year he joined Oriente Petrolero, where he was part of the Bolivian League Championship winning team in 2001.

Due to his high performance displayed with Oriente Petrolero and the Bolivia national team, Raldes was signed by Argentine club Rosario Central in 2003.

In 2008, and after five great years with the canallas, Raldes announced his imminent departure from the institution once the Torneo Clausura ended in mid June. Not long after, he signed for Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal. On March 20, 2009, the former Rosario Central's defender officially joined the Mexican side Cruz Azul.[1] He made his debut on April 22, 2009 against Atlante, in the first-leg match of the CONCACAF Champions League finals. After only making two appearances for the cementeros, Raldes decided to let go the contract with Cruz Azul and signed with Israeli football club Maccabi Tel Aviv in September 2009.[2] On May 2010, Raldes returned to Argentina and joined Colón de Santa Fe on a two-year deal.[3][4] On January 25, 2012 while doing the pre-season with Colón, Raldes fractured his left fibula bone during a friendly match against Patronato causing him to miss the entire Clausura tournament.[5]

In November 2013 Raldes left Colón due to the club's failure to pay his wages.[6] He was signed by Oriente Petrolero, on January 9, 2014.[7]

International career[edit]

Raldes debuted for the Bolivia national football team in 2001 and has appeared for the nation at five Copa América tournaments.[8]

On 18 November 2014, he scored his first international goal in a 3–2 friendly home win over Venezuela.

Raldes was captain of the Bolivian squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile. On 15 June, he scored in the team's second group match – a 3–2 defeat of Ecuador – to give La Verde its first win at the Copa América since the 1997 tournament.[9]

On September 11, 2015 Raldes sadly announced his retirement from the national team,[10] but returned in 2016 after Guillermo Ángel Hoyos replaced Julio Cesar Baldivieso.[11] He represented his country in 44 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bolivia's goal tally first.[13]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 2014 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Venezuela 1–1 3–2 Friendly
2. 15 June 2015 Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander, Valparaíso, Chile  Ecuador 1–0 3–2 2015 Copa América
3. 1 September 2016 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Peru 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification


Season Club Title
2001 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano


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