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Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira, Coming a Long Way to Premier League

Sat 01 January 2022 | 14:30

We have prepared an article about the footballer’s personal life and professional career in the form of Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira.

Even by the standards of the best current full-backs, Pereira is a formidable attacking threat. His wild runs are a trademark of Leicester's style. Not only because of his incisiveness in the final third but also because of his speed and talent, he is a nightmare for opposing defenders.

He was the only Premier League defender to reach three figures in successful dribbles in the 2019 and 2020 seasons and only Robertson and Wolves' Matt Doherty had more touches inside the opposition box. Although Pereira's daring might leave gaps in the back, he is an all-rounder, which is what makes him so good.

Leicester boasted to have one of the greatest defensive records in the Premier League in the 2020-2021 season, with only Liverpool keeping more clean sheets, and he plays a big part in that.

Since his arrival at Leicester, he has significantly improved his defensive game. According to Puel, the Portugal international struggled to win his clashes at the start of the season, but he quickly toughened up and now has more duels won than any other Premier League defender since joining Leicester.

Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira Interesting to Read about

Here you find quick facts that will help you know him a little.

Quick Facts

  • Full Name:

     Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira

  • Nicknames:

    Peri

  • Date of Birth:

     6 October 1993

  • Place of Birth:

     Lisbon, Portugal

  • Age:

     28

  • Nationality:

     Portuguese

  • Height:

     1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Weight:

     70 kg

  • Marital Status:

     Unmarried

  • Girlfriend: 

    N/A

  • Net Worth: 

    25.6 Million Euro (22 Million Pound)

  • Position:

     Full-back

  • Current Team:

     Leicester City

  • Jersey Number:

     21

Ricardo Pereira Upbringing Years and Family Roots

To begin, Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira is his entire name. Ricardo Pereira was born on October 6, 1993, in the city of Lisbon, Portugal, to his parents.

His mother and father are from Cape Verde, hence the aggressive right-back has a Cape Verde ancestry.

While nothing is known about Ricardo Pereira's father, he is believed to have spent the majority of his childhood with his mother, who had a stronger influence on him as a child, one of the Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira.

Cape Verde, the homeland of Ricardo's parents, is known for its tropical environment, volcanic islands, and delicious cuisine.

The country was discovered by Portuguese sailors between 1460 and 1462, which explains why the majority of its residents chose to live in Portugal. It's only a short journey from Cape Verde to Portugal over the North Atlantic.

When the footballer was born in early 1990, there were an estimated 50,000 people of Cape Verdean descent living in Portugal.

Ricardo Pereira isn't the only player with Cape Verdean ancestry.

Cristiano Ronaldo

and Luis Nani, both former Manchester United legends, have ancestors from the country in northwest Africa (Cape Verde).

In Lisbon, Portugal's capital and largest city, he spent much of his childhood with his mother. 

It's a city with defects and opportunities all its own. While some children surrendered to peer pressure in their problematic neighborhood, others, like Ricardo, took advantage of the city's sporting options. Because he was a huge football fan as a kid, the Lisbon native never forgot about the city's sporting side.

The young lad had dreamed of playing professional football since he first saw it on television, another one of the Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira.

He began his football career in the local field of Lisbon at a young age. Participating in football was his own method of self-education. After being noticed by a football scout, his early hard work paid off.

Ricardo was approached by a Sporting scout (from Futebol Benfica, AKA Fofo) when he was ten years old.

The scout discussed with his parents the importance of sending their son to the Futebol Benfica academy for a better football education.

Ricardo Pereira's parents agreed, and their son was accepted into the multi-award-winning academy in Lisbon's Benfica neighborhood when he was 11 years old.

The kid's parents wanted him to start playing football at such a young age. Manuel Fernandes, the man who has steered the club's path for over 30 years, looked for little Ricardo while he was at the club.

Ricardo Pereira Career Buildout

Ricardo Pereira would think of nothing else except practice, concentration, and never giving up when he first started at the academy.

Back then, the Lisbon native, along with his teammates, including great players like

Gelson Martins

and Ruben Semedo, all followed in Robinho's footsteps.

The player's sporting prowess stemmed from competitive games in which he would strive to imitate his idol, Robinho's gestures and touches on a regular basis.

The young prodigy found himself rising through the academy ranks, displaying amazing stamina for his juvenile age.

Ricardo began receiving a thousand euros as he progressed. Ricardo resumed his footballing development after a three-year stint with Sporting CP's academy, where he spent another six years.

At the age of 17, just as he was about to graduate with high dreams of playing senior football, the unthinkable occurred.

Sporting CP released poor Ricardo Pereira, one of the

Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira

. Rather than abandoning his goal, the rejected footballer joined Associacao Naval 1º de Maio, or Naval, a local football team in Figueira do Foz.

He transferred to Vitoria Guimaraes a year later, a team recognized for being a recruitment ground for prominent Portuguese clubs. Ricardo was a member of the club's senior team throughout his time there.

Ricardo Pereira Path to Prominence

With the senior team, Ricardo Pereira had a rough start. Ricardo was dropped to Vitoria Guimaraes B (Vitoria Guimaraes' reserve team) for a while due to bad performances.

Rather than abandoning his dream, the young prodigy decided to fight his way to the top in order to regain his manager's respect.

Finally, he was able to return to his senior position with ease, one of the Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira.

Ricardo was well aware that his team lacked the ability to win the Portuguese Primeira Liga. As a result, he focused all of his efforts on the Portuguese Cup in 2012–13, a strategy that paid off.

In the 2012-2013 Portuguese Cup spectacular final, the footballer was named the FINAL HERO. In the final against

S.L. Benfica

, he was instrumental in a 2–1 win.

In the final, he beat Benfica goalkeeper Artur Moraes with a long-range shot to put his club ahead for the first time, claiming his first major trophy.

Ricardo's objective to get into a bigger squad was to be the main player and win the Portuguese Cup.

Before the season ended on April 16, 2013, Pereira agreed to join FC Porto on July 1st, with a lot weighing on his shoulders and joining teammate

Tiago Rodrigues

On August 26, 2014, he made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League, replacing the injured Casemiro late in a 2–0 home victory over

Lille OSC

in the play-off round.

Things didn't go as planned once more, and his club was in the midst of a big transformation. Ricardo, who was used to playing as a forward, suddenly lost all of his attacking prowess from his previous club Guimaraes.

The Lisbon native did show improvement in the defensive side of his game at the time he lost his attacking abilities. As a result, his manager (Paulo Fonseca) decided to switch him from striker to full-back, which he currently plays, another one of the Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira.

Ricardo's problems persisted despite the conversion. There was competition even as a right-back, with Danilo as a challenger.

When Danilo moved to Madrid, the Portuguese's starting spot wasn't guaranteed because Maxi Pereira, a Benfica signing, was chosen ahead of him for the position. Ricardo decided to leave the club on loan as a last resort.

Pereira was loaned to French club OGC Nice for two years in the summer of 2015, after only making 33 first-team appearances in two seasons.

On September 12, he made his Ligue 1 debut, appearing in the entire 0–1 home loss to En Avant de Guingamp. Pereira was named the best full-back in the French League by the International Centre for Sports Studies in April 2016.

Ricardo Pereira Ascend to Prominence

Ricardo Pereira was loaned to OGC Nice in France for two years, where he kept his defensive position. Rather than crumble, the defender became stronger with each passing day.

Ricardo Pereira went from being a forgotten man at

FC Porto

to being one of Ligue 1's biggest surprises in a couple of weeks, one of the

Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira

. He became well-known and popular in the club.

He began to feel the desire to quit the club after his two loan experiences. Moving to England to join Leicester gave the Lisbon native a boost of confidence because he liked the English culture, training style, and habit.

Pereira signed a €25 million contract to join

Leicester City

on May 17, 2018. On August 10, he made his Premier League debut, appearing in the entire 2–1 away defeat to Manchester United.

He scored his first goal on his 25th birthday, netting following a counter-attack in a 1–2 home loss to Everton.

The full-back's defensive abilities helped Leicester concede only 34 league goals in his debut season, a good total for a mid-table team that was better than Manchester United and Arsenal.

He was named Leicester Player of the Season 2018/2019 and Leicester Player's Player of the Season 2018/2019 at the end of his debut season.

In September 2019, Pereira scored in consecutive wins over

Tottenham Hotspur

and Newcastle United, both at the King Power Stadium and on March 4, he scored the only goal in the fifth round of the FA Cup against Birmingham City, putting the Foxes into the last eight for the first time in eight years.

The 28-year-old's fast ascent to popularity continued in the 2019/2020 season and winning these honors boosted his confidence. Pereira's tenacity and adaptability have helped his team return to the Champions League positions, even at his right-back position.

With an anterior cruciate ligament injury, he was ruled out for the rest of the season a few days later, another one of the Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira.

Pereira represented

Portugal

at the youth level, scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances. He was a member of the under-21 squad that placed second in the 2015 UEFA European Championship, making four starts and scoring in a 5–0 semi-final thrashing of Germany.

He was called up to the full squad for the second time on November 6, 2015, ahead of friendlies against Russia and Luxembourg. In the previous match, he made his debut, playing eight minutes in a 0–1 defeat in Krasnodar.

Manager Fernando Santos named the great soccer player to his 2018 FIFA World Cup team. On June 30, he made his competition debut, playing the full 2–1 round of 16 loss to Uruguay.

In the eyes of football fans in Portugal and throughout the world, Ricardo Pereira is one of the best in a long line of incredible right-backs who have built a name for themselves.

Ricardo Pereira Personal & Love Life

Every successful man is accompanied by an astonishing woman. Some football fans must have wondered if Ricardo Pereira has a girlfriend or wife because of his success and ability to meet the high demands of English football.

There's no disputing that his charming appearance, combined with his playful style, would make him a lady's favorite.

Ricardo Pereira, as far as we know, has left his family behind to pursue his dream of playing in the

Premier League

.

Without a wife, girlfriend, or children, the Portuguese immigrated to England on his own.

As of this writing, it appears that he has decided to concentrate on his career, keeping his relationship status a closely guarded secret in order to avoid unwanted attention.

Ricardo Pereira may have a partner based on his age and maturity, but he wishes to keep his relationship with her hidden.

You can get a clearer idea of the Lison-born's personality by learning about his personal life outside of football. 

To begin with, he is someone who believes in the phrase, "It is not important who smiles with you, but who will be with you when you can't smile."  Ricardo Pereira said that, expressing his feelings about his early career problems, which were marked by rejection and a lot of setbacks.

Ricardo is also a strong and determined guy in his personal life, one who will explore until he discovers the truth that will lead to success.

He has an inner sense of freedom that allows him to make considerable progress in both his personal and professional life.

Lionel Messi

, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, and Neymar are just a few of the footballers who adore their dogs, and Pereira is no exception.

Even if there is a notion that there is no loyalty left in modern football, this certainly does not apply to the bond between the Portuguese star and his dog.

Ricardo Pereira Networth & LifeStyle

The full-back signed a contract with Leicester City in July 2018 that pays him a staggering 4.2 million Euro (3.6 million Pound) each year.

According to calculations, he earns €11,475 (£9,840) per day and €478 (£410) per hour, one of the Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira. To make the same amount that Peri does in a month, the average man would have to work for at least 10.0 years.

The footballer began his career in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with Vitoria S.C. and FC Porto before joining Premier League team Leicester City, where he now has an estimated net worth of €25.6 million (£22 million).

The full-back, who is in the golden years of his football career, has a market value of well over €21 million (£18 million).

Ricardo Pereira has the ability to strike a balance between spending and saving money when it comes to his lifestyle.

He is disciplined enough to keep to his budget while earning a whopping £3.6 million in annual earnings.

According to his social media, he does not live a glamorous lifestyle characterized by a multitude of exotic cars, homes, and high-end clothing, another one of the

Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira.

He only spends his money on aquatic activities and workouts.

Ricardo Pereira Family and Less-Known Details

In this last section of our post, we will be going over his family and a few facts you probably don’t know about him.

Mother

Ricardo Pereira believes that having a fine balance is the key to living a happy life, which means he would not commit to football duties without providing adequate time for his adoring mother.

The Premier League player's mother is the sole family member in his public domain at the time of writing. Unlike Pereira's mother, his father, brother, and sister have all chosen not to seek public acclaim.

A Car Racing Fan

While most footballers prefer to play golf or FIFA, some are more creative when it comes to finding things to do when they're not on the field.

Ricardo Pereira is one of those people who have a pastime that you wouldn't expect. He is a kart racing expert from Daytona Tamworth, one of the Top Facts about Ricardo Pereira.

Talented and Educated

Many people have stereotypes about football players, believing that they are uneducated, unintelligent, and only known for dating, flirting with girls, and getting into fights.

We discovered Ricardo Pereira is one of those smart footballers with a reputation for intelligence and plenty of brains to go along with his talent as we dug further.

He is an online student and brand ambassador for De Montfort University, a public university in Leicester, England, according to a report.

Ricardo Pereira was inspired by

Wilfred Ndidi

, a fellow brand ambassador who is pursuing a degree in business and management at the university at the time of writing.

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