Ricardo Pereira


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1993 (26 years old)

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Lisbon, Portugal


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Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira (born 6 October 1993) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a full-back for English club Leicester City.

After starting out at Vitória de Guimarães – winning the 2013 Taça de Portugal and being the competition's top scorer in the process – he signed with Porto, being part of the squad that won the 2017–18 Primeira Liga but also spending two years on loan to French club Nice.

An international since 2015, Pereira represented Portugal at the 2018 World Cup.

Club career
Born in Lisbon of Cape Verdean descent, Pereira began playing youth football with local C.F. Benfica, signing in 2010 with Associação Naval 1º de Maio after a six-year spell at Sporting CP's academy. He moved to Vitória S.C. after only one year, completing his development with the Guimarães-based club.

On 1 April 2012, Pereira made his first-team – and Primeira Liga – debut, playing 12 minutes in a 3–1 home win against F.C. Paços de Ferreira. He scored six goals in as many games in the 2012–13 edition of the Portuguese Cup, including the 2–1 winner in the final against S.L. Benfica as the Minho Province side won the tournament for the first time in their history.

On 16 April 2013, before the season was over, Pereira agreed to join FC Porto on 1 July, moving alongside teammate Tiago Rodrigues. He alternated constantly between the first and the second teams during his early tenure, also being reconverted into a fullback by manager Paulo Fonseca; his maiden appearance in the UEFA Champions League took place on 26 August 2014, when he replaced injured Casemiro late into the 2–0 home win over Lille OSC for the play-off round.

In summer 2015, after only 33 first-team appearances in two seasons combined, Pereira was loaned for two years to French club OGC Nice. He made his debut in Ligue 1 on 12 September, playing the entire 0–1 home loss to En Avant de Guingamp.

In April 2016, Pereira was voted as the French League's best full-back by the International Centre for Sports Studies.

Leicester City
On 17 May 2018, a €25 million deal was agreed for Pereira to move to Leicester City. He made his Premier League debut on 10 August, playing the entire 1–2 away defeat against Manchester United. He scored his first goal while celebrating his 25th birthday, netting after a counter-attack in a 1–2 home loss to Everton.

On 7 May 2019, Ricardo was voted both his team's Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.

International career
Pereira won 35 caps for Portugal at youth level, scoring 12 goals. He was part of the under-21 squad that finished second at the 2015 UEFA European Championship, contributing with four starting appearances and netting in the 5–0 semi-final drubbing of Germany.

Pereira was called up to the full side for the second time on 6 November 2015, ahead of friendlies against Russia and Luxembourg. He made his debut in the former match, featuring eight minutes in the 0–1 loss in Krasnodar.

Pereira was selected by manager Fernando Santos for his 2018 FIFA World Cup squad. He made his debut in the competition on 30 June, playing the entire 1–2 round-of-16 loss against Uruguay.

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