The prototype of the modern fullback
When he arrived to FC Porto, in the summer of 2013, he was flagged as a young promise for the right wing, even if, in Vitória de Guimarães, he would sometimes go back to the position of fullback. At the Dragons, he had two seasons of some inconsistency, also acting as fullback at times, as in a famous tie in Naples (2-2), when he played as… left fullback! It would be a premonition to the future: in 2015/16 and 2016/17, Ricardo was loaned to Nice, and basically grew as fullback, on both sides of the pitch. In fact, he was mentioned in several sources of the press as one of the best in that position in the French league.
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In the summer of 2017, he returned to the Dragons “a better player”, to take on an important role in the team, that’s how Ricardo described himself: “An adult player, older, with more experience”. On that same interview, given to magazine “Dragões”, he also addressed his experience between defender and winger: “I believe that I can play on either position, but, right now, I consider myself more of a defender”. In both positions, speed and movement in depth looking to create opportunities are his favourite weapons.
Born and raised amid a family of blue and white fans in Lisbon, Ricardo played in Sporting for six years, before joining Naval, on his first year as a junior. The impact he had on the team from Figueira da Foz made Vitória de Guimarães sign him, and he started making a name for himself in the Portuguese League, winning his first trophy as a senior. In the final of the 2013 Portuguese Cup, against Benfica, he scored the second goal in the 2-1 victory, helping the Vitória win the trophy.