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Ricardo Oliveira (São Paulo, Brazil, May 6, 1980) is a Brazilian footballer who plays in the position of center forward. Currently playing at Atletico Mineiro l from January 7, 2018
He was born in a humble family; being an eight-year-old boy lost his father, and at fifteen the need and hunger pushed him to collect things in the street to resell them and to beg to survive. His friends followed other easier ways to get money, theft, drugs, etc., path that took some to death and others to jail. Oliveira recently said in an interview that he overcame all these hardships thanks to keeping alive the dream of being a professional footballer, which he got by playing in Ass. Portug Sports and in the Santos Futebol Clube.
With this last one he was proclaimed champion of the Brazilian league in 2002; later he was the top scorer of the Copa Libertadores, before making the jump to Spain, where he signed for the Valencia Club de Fútbol in July 2003. He would be one year in the Mestalla Stadium club, playing 21 games and scoring 8 goals in the season in which Valencia Club de Fútbol won the Spanish league and the UEFA Cup.
In July 2004 he moved to Real Betis Balompié, also from Spain, with which he won the Copa del Rey, was the third best scorer in the Spanish soccer league with 22 goals in the league and 4 in the King’s Cup. He qualified for the UEFA Champions League, a competition in which he suffered an injury in the Real Betis Balompié – Chelsea Football Club match where the Verdiblanco team ended up winning by 1-0. Oliveira suffered a torn cruciate ligament that led him to be almost 6 months low; After this injury, Real Betis Balompié agreed to give it to São Paulo FC to give him the chance to play minutes and could be called by his team to play in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
On August 31, 2006 the Italian club Associazione Calcio Milan bought the player for five seasons when he had already obtained the Spanish passport, in exchange for Swiss midfielder Johann Vogel, plus a sum of money in favor of the Spanish club.
On July 14, 2007, he signed a contract to play on loan for a season at Real Zaragoza of the Spanish league, which had a purchase option of 10 million euros on the Brazilian when the 2007-2008 season ended. However, the season was not as expected, and came down with the Aragonese club to the Second Division, despite having scored 17 goals. With the team maño in Second division of Spain happened to be objective of several European equipment.
On January 31, 2009 and after a hard week of negotiations he returned to the discipline of Real Betis Balompié of the Spanish League, paying approximately 9 million euros for 50% of his economic rights. It was not until the last day when he came down with Real Betis Balompié, with the player accumulating two consecutive declines in two years.
On July 17, 2009, he leaves the Montecastillo concentration and is transferred to the Al-Jazira Sporting Club of the Arab Emirates for 14 million euros, which are shared equally between Betis and Zaragoza. In his new team he coincided with former player of Real Betis Balompié Rafael Sóbis.
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