(; born 18 May 1978) is a Portuguese association football who plays as a Defender (association football) Centre back for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid C.F..
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(; born 18 May 1978) is a Portuguese association football who plays as a Defender (association football) Centre back for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid C.F..
Carvalho was born in Amarante where Ricardo Alberto Carvalho played for the local team, Amarante Futebol Clube. By Ricardo Alberto Carvalho great performance as a youngster, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was spotted by the Portuguese powerhouse, F.C. Porto, and in 1996 Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was brought to FC Porto Junior team. Between 1997 and 2001 Ricardo Alberto Carvalho had loan spells at Leça F.C., where Ricardo Alberto Carvalho made Ricardo Alberto Carvalho professional debut, Vitória F.C. and FC Alverca, but it was in José Mourinho’s reign that Ricardo Alberto Carvalho really started to make big strides forward. It was in the 2002–03 season that Carvalho made Ricardo Alberto Carvalho name known all around Europe, winning Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first domestic league title under Mourinho’s commands, the Portuguese Cup, and the UEFA Europa League. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho good form led to an international call-up in 2003. In the next season, Carvalho won Ricardo Alberto Carvalho second league title in a row, and Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first UEFA Champions League title, in which tournament Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was named UEFA Club Football Awards Best Defender. In July 2004, Carvalho transferred to Chelsea F.C. for a fee of just under €30 million. With "The Blues", Ricardo Alberto Carvalho won two Premier League titles in a row and one Football League Cup in Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first two seasons. In 2008 Ricardo Alberto Carvalho helped the club reach the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final for the first time in their history, a game that they lost 6–5 on penalty shootout (football) against Manchester United. In the same year Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was voted by Ricardo Alberto Carvalho fellow Chelsea colleagues as Chelsea's "2008 Players Player of the Year". Two years later, in the 2009–10 season, Carvalho helped "The Blues" win their first 2009–10 Premier League since 2006 and the 2010 FA Cup Final, by winning this last trophy Chelsea have secured the first ever Double in the club's history. In August 2010, after six years with Chelsea, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho transferred to Real Madrid for a fee of £6.7 million.
In international football, Carvalho's Portugal national football team career began in 11 October 2003 in a friendly match against Albania national football team. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho represented Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was a regular in Portugal's lineup during the UEFA Euro 2004, when Ricardo Alberto Carvalho country advanced all the way to the final before losing to Greece national football team. Later, at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Carvalho was a mainstay in defense for the national team. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho played in six matches for Portugal, which made the semifinals before being eliminated by France national football team. In the UEFA Euro 2008, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho played in three of Portugal's four matches, being eliminated in the quarter-finals by Germany national football team. Two years later, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was a regular in Portugal's lineup again when Portugal reach the round of 16, suffering only one goal in all four matches.
Ricardo Carvalho was brought to FC Porto Junior team in the 1996–97 season. Next season Carvalho made Ricardo Alberto Carvalho professional debut when Ricardo Alberto Carvalho signed on loan for Leça FC. Between 1999 and 2001, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho had loan spells at Vitória F.C. and F.C. Alverca. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho returned to FC Porto in the 2001–02 Portuguese Liga, being third choice behind Jorge Costa and Jorge Andrade, but Ricardo Alberto Carvalho quickly won a place in the starting 11, forming a terrific partnership with Jorge Andrade in the centre of defence, which brought disappointment to Captain (association football) Jorge Costa who, on April 2002, joined Charlton Athletic F.C. on a five-month loan spell. Carvalho made 25 appearances in the Primeira Liga that season. In the following 2002–03 Portuguese Liga, Jorge Costa returned to Porto and Jorge Andrade moved to Deportivo de La Coruña. With José Mourinho in charge, Carvalho started the campaign as third option behind Jorge Costa and Pedro Emanuel, but later, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho excellent form led Ricardo Alberto Carvalho to a place in the first team, appearing in the most important games of the season, including the 2002–03 UEFA Cup Semi-finals matches against S.S. Lazio and the 2003 UEFA Cup Final where Porto beat Celtic F.C. by 3–2 in Overtime (sports). It was Carvalho's first international trophy. By Ricardo Alberto Carvalho great season Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was named CNID Footballer of the Year Portuguese League Footballer of the Year (2001–present) and Porto Footballer of the Year.
It was in the 2003–04 Portuguese Liga that Carvalho made Ricardo Alberto Carvalho name as a world-class footballer. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho solid performances helped the club win the Primeira Liga title for the second year in a row, and the most prestigious club trophy in European football, the UEFA Champions League. In this tournament Carvalho played in all of FC Porto's matches including the 3–0 win against AS Monaco in the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final. Subsequently, by Ricardo Alberto Carvalho great performances Carvalho won the UEFA Club Football Awards Award categories award, was voted for the UEFA Team of the Year and was named one of the 50 players shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or 2004 (Ballon d'Or), finishing ninth in the voting, being the only defender in top ten. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was selected for the Portuguese UEFA Euro 2004 UEFA Euro 2004 squads Portugal, in which tournament Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was also nominated for the UEFA Euro 2004 Awards. At the end of the season Carvalho has been tracked by a host of top European clubs, such as F.C. Internazionale Milano, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United. Real Madrid offered €8.2 (£7) million for Carvalho, but FC Porto have warned the Spaniards they will not accept anything less than €23.5 (£20) million for the defender after the Spanish team made a much lower offer. But some days later, the English club Chelsea FC offered €30 (£ 25.5) million for the Defender (association football) Centre back, and the Portuguese team accepted the offer.
At Stamford Bridge (stadium), Carvalho, who was considered one of the best centre-backs at UEFA Euro 2004, joined Ricardo Alberto Carvalho former manager José Mourinho and former teammate Paulo Ferreira on a three-year contract. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho signed for a fee of €30 million (£20 million at the time) Ricardo Alberto Carvalho partnership with Captain (association football) John Terry in the central defense was hailed as a major factor behind Chelsea's two Premier League titles in a row.
The start of 2005-06 in English football was not as smooth for him, as Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was publicly lambasted by Mourinho after making comments about Ricardo Alberto Carvalho selection policy. Carvalho said the Chelsea manager's decision to drop Ricardo Alberto Carvalho for the first game of the season was "incomprehensible". But Mourinho responded: "Carvalho seems to have problems understanding things, maybe Ricardo Alberto Carvalho should have an IQ test", and then left Ricardo Alberto Carvalho out for next game, against Arsenal F.C., and Carvalho has been fined a reported £85,000. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho later returned to favour, though, and was a near-regular in the side from September. On 19 October Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scored Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first goal of the season in a 4–0 home win against Real Betis in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Group stage. Carvalho continued Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scoring run in UEFA by netting Ricardo Alberto Carvalho second goal of the season in a Chelsea's 2–0 away victory over R.S.C. Anderlecht on 23 November. In January, in a 1–1 Premier League draw against Charlton Athletic F.C., Carvalho received the first Misconduct (football) of Ricardo Alberto Carvalho Chelsea career, after Ricardo Alberto Carvalho received Ricardo Alberto Carvalho second yellow for what the referee judged to be a tackle from behind on Charlton's striker Darren Bent. Later, on 29 April, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scored again a goal, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho third of the season, in a 3–0 Premier League victory over Manchester United F.C., finishing off a move Ricardo Alberto Carvalho had started on the edge of Ricardo Alberto Carvalho own penalty area by smashing the ball into the net, to help Chelsea clinch the title for the second consecutive year.
In the 2006-07 in English football Carvalho scored again against Manchester United an important goal in a 1–1 draw – a header from a Frank Lampard corner that also bounced off Louis Saha's head. On 7 April, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scored another goal against Tottenham Hotspur F.C., this time Ricardo Alberto Carvalho fired a low 30-yard drive past the reach of Spurs
goalkeeper Paul Robinson (footballer born 1979), as a result Chelsea closed the gap on Premiership leaders Manchester United to three points. Just 21 days later, on 28 April, Carvalho injured the medial ligaments of Ricardo Alberto Carvalho right leg in a Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers F.C.. The injury meant Carvalho missed the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Liverpool F.C.. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho also missed the FA Cup Final 2007 against Manchester United, which Chelsea won after a goal from Didier Drogba during extra time. On 18 May 2007, the day of Ricardo Alberto Carvalho 29th birthday, Carvalho signed a five-year contract extension with Chelsea, keeping Ricardo Alberto Carvalho at the club through the 2011–12 season. For Ricardo Alberto Carvalho great performances during the 2006–07 season, Carvalho has been recognized by a number of organisations. Sky Sports listed Ricardo Alberto Carvalho as one of seven candidates for the Premiership's "Defender of the Year". Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was also one of three Chelsea players nominated for the club's "Player of the Year" honour, which was won by Michael Essien.
Carvalho continued Ricardo Alberto Carvalho excellent form into the 2007-08 in English football. Following the departure of manager José Mourinho, the Spanish champions, Real Madrid C.F., have once again expressed their interest in Carvalho. A Madrid source said: "We have never been able to get Carvalho because of Ricardo Alberto Carvalho connection with Mourinho. Now Ricardo Alberto Carvalho has left Chelsea, we feel there's a real chance". But the Portuguese did not leave the English club. On 26 December 2007 in a 4–4 home draw against Aston Villa, on 79 minutes, the home side allowed the ourselves to become outmanoeuvred on halfway leaving just the Goalkeeper (association football) Petr Čech and Carvalho between Villa's Forward (association football) Striker, Gabriel Agbonlahor, and the goal, Carvalho attempted the block, went in two-footed and was red carded for the foul, in the same night Ricardo Alberto Carvalho issued a public apology for Ricardo Alberto Carvalho horror tackle on the forward. In that season, Carvalho was one of the most consistent performers at the club and Ricardo Alberto Carvalho efforts were rewarded when Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scored Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first goal of the season in Ricardo Alberto Carvalho 150th appearance for the club, a 1–0 Premier League victory over Middlesbrough F.C.. Later, on 26 April, Carvalho made Ricardo Alberto Carvalho 100th appearance in the Premier League against Manchester United F.C., despite Chelsea's 2–1 win, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho marred Ricardo Alberto Carvalho centenary mark with an error that allowed Wayne Rooney to equalise. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho solid performances in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League helped the club reach the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, Chelsea's first Champions League final appearance in all time and Carvalho's second. The Blues
lost 6–5 on penalty shootout (football) against Manchester United, after a 1–1 draw following extra time. Carvalho played in all 120 minutes and Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was booked one time for a high challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo right before the end of first half. On 8 May 2008, Carvalho was voted by Ricardo Alberto Carvalho fellow Chelsea colleagues as Chelsea's "Players Player of the Year", whilst finishing in the top three for Chelsea's "Player of the Year" award voted by Chelsea fans along with Michael Ballack and Joe Cole.
Carvalho opened Ricardo Alberto Carvalho account for the 2008-09 in English football against Manchester City F.C. in a 1–3 away victory, on 13 September 2008. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was a somewhat peripheral figure for the rest of the season, as injury, the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari, and subsequent appointment of Guus Hiddink meant that Ricardo Alberto Carvalho lost Ricardo Alberto Carvalho place in the team to Brazilian team-mate Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho clocked up only 18 appearances in all competitions, 2 as substitute, scoring one goal.
In July 2009, Carvalho told Chelsea Ricardo Alberto Carvalho wanted to quit the club to join F.C. Internazionale Milano, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was desperate to link up with old manager José Mourinho at the San Siro (stadium). Carvalho said that Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first four seasons at Stamford Bridge were wonderful, but the last one was difficult. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho played only 18 times last season due to a persistent knee injury. Some days later the defender appeared to be on Ricardo Alberto Carvalho way out of Stamford Bridge after accusing the Blues
of not supporting Ricardo Alberto Carvalho during Ricardo Alberto Carvalho injury problems last term. But a move to Inter Milan to link up with ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho collapsed when the Italian giants failed to follow up their initial interest, and Carvalho, who returned to action during the club's Season (sports) Pre-season tour of United States, was keen to put Ricardo Alberto Carvalho troubles behind him. The Portuguese Defender (association football) said: "It was a frustrating year for me but now I look forward because I am fit and I am ready". The appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, coupled with recovery from injury, has seen Carvalho regain Ricardo Alberto Carvalho place in the Chelsea team.
Ricardo Alberto Carvalho made a fine start to the 2009-10 in English football, scoring a diving header in the 2009 FA Community Shield match against Manchester United, a game in which Ricardo Alberto Carvalho also received the Man of the Match award. Chelsea got off to a terrible start conceding inside 10 minutes, but second-half goals from Carvalho and Frank Lampard looked enough to pull the team back from behind to take some more Wembley silverware, only for Wayne Rooney to clip home an equaliser in stoppage time, forcing penalties. Chelsea went on to win the match 4–1 on penalties, following a 2–2 draw at the end of normal time. On 20 December 2009, Carvalho made Ricardo Alberto Carvalho 200th appearance in a 1–1 draw against West Ham United for the premier league, where the defender was booked just before the half-hour mark for a challenge on Guillermo Franco, before West Ham had their best chance of the opening stages. On 24 March, in a 5–0 win over Portsmouth F.C., Carvalho suffered ankle ligament damage, it seemed serious but it was not necessary a corrective surgery on this injury, leaving the team with just two first-choice central defenders in Brazilian Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa and Captain (association football) John Terry, and scaring the Portugal national football team head coach, Carlos Queiroz, with the risk of not being able to go to 2010 FIFA World Cup. Due to the injury, Carvalho missed all the following league matches, including the title match victory against Wigan Athletic F.C.. It was Carvalho's third Premier League title with The Blues
. Six days later, on 15 May, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho miss another important match, the 2010 FA Cup Final, which they won after a single goal from Didier Drogba. By winning the title, Chelsea have secured the first ever Double in the club's history. At the end of the season, on 24 July, The Sun (newspaper)
newspaper carried reports that Carvalho had expressed Ricardo Alberto Carvalho desire to leave Chelsea and link up with former manager José Mourinho who is now in charge at Real Madrid in Spain. According this newspaper Carvalho said: "If there was a possibility to sign with Real Madrid, I would go there right now swimming or running".
Real Madrid (2010–present)
On 10 August 2010, Real Madrid signed Carvalho for a reported fee of €7.9 (£6.7) million on a 2–year contract. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho made Ricardo Alberto Carvalho debut on 13 August 2010, in a friendly match against FC Bayern Munich which Real Madrid won 4–2 on penalties after a 0–0 draw. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho 2010–11 La Liga debut came on 29 August, in a 0–0 draw against RCD Mallorca, and, in the following match, against CA Osasuna, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scored Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first 2010–11 La Liga goal - Mesut Özil raced to the penalty area and managed to thread a low cross for Cristiano Ronaldo, whose first time shot was blocked by the Osasuna's goalkeeper Ricardo López Felipe, but the Portuguese managed to tip-toe the rebound for Carvalho to score the go-ahead goal, giving Ricardo Alberto Carvalho team a 1-0 home victory. On 19 October 2010, in a 2010–11 UEFA Champions League group stage Group_G victory against AC Milan, Carvalho was named the Man of the match by the Spanish newspaper Marca (newspaper). Some weeks later, on 7 November, Carvalho proved again to be in good shape in a 2-0 derby victory against Atlético Madrid, where Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scored Ricardo Alberto Carvalho second goal in 2010–11 La Liga, being named again the man of the match. Next month on day 19, in a 1-0 home victory against Sevilla FC, Carvalho received Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first Misconduct (association football) for the club - having already been booked in the first half, it was shown a second yellow following an aerial challenge with Sevilla's Álvaro Negredo in the second half. On 19 February 2011, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scored Ricardo Alberto Carvalho third and last season goal against Levante UD, in another 2-0 league victory. Carvalho made 48 appearances in all competitions that season, bringing calmness and solidness to the defence, and was a heavy reason why Real Madrid had the best defense in Champions League, only letting 5 goals get past their goalkeeper.
Carvalho started the 2011–12 Real Madrid C.F. season well and remained as first-choice centre-back along with Pepe (footballer born 1983), until a lower back injury kept Ricardo Alberto Carvalho sidelined. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho returned to action on January 18,2012 in Real Madrid's 2-1 home defeat to Barcelona, in the Copa Del Rey quarter-finals 1st leg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
During the 2003–04 season, Carvalho had Ricardo Alberto Carvalho first game for Portugal national football team, at 11 October 2003 in a 5–3 friendly match win over Albania national football team. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho established himself as a key member of the national team starting eleven during the UEFA Euro 2004 Championship after replacing skipper Fernando Couto in the heart of Portugal's defence after the opening game defeat against Greece national football team. In this tournament Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was nominated for the "UEFA Euro 2004 Awards" along with Ricardo Alberto Carvalho compatriots Maniche, Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. Carvalho formed a strong partnership with Jorge Andrade in the Portuguese defence as Ricardo Alberto Carvalho country reached the final, though they lost 1–0 to Greece national football team. Carvalho started in all of Portugal's six games in the tournament, including an epic game against English national football team, where the defender was named "Carlsberg Man of the Match", and Portugal emerged victorious UEFA Euro 2004 knockout stage Quarter-finals on penalties. BBC Sport football expert Alan Hansen said that Carvalho was, along with Sol Campbell, the best defender at Euro 2004.
Carvalho represented Portugal national football team in a major tournament for the second time, at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, finishing fourth overall. During the quarter-final game against English national football team, the referee Horacio Elizondo controversially adjudged that Wayne Rooney trod on Ricardo Carvalho, right in front of him, and the English people player was sent off for violent conduct, but the English media speculated that Ricardo Alberto Carvalho teammate Cristiano Ronaldo had influenced referee Horacio Elizondo's decision by aggressively complaining, after which Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was seen in replays winking at the Portuguese bench following Rooney's dismissal. In the following semi-final game against France national football team in Munich on 5 July 2006, Carvalho was whistled for a foul against France's Thierry Henry in the penalty area resulting in a penalty kick. Zinedine Zidane converted the spot kick to give France a 1–0 win over Portugal. Also in the same game, Carvalho was booked with Ricardo Alberto Carvalho second yellow card of the knockout phase, and was forced to miss the third place game vs Germany national football team on 8 July in Stuttgart. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho played all other preceding matches in the cup on the starting lineup in the central defense alongside Fernando Meira, and as a result of Ricardo Alberto Carvalho exhibitions Ricardo Alberto Carvalho was one of the 23 players nominated for the "2006 FIFA World Cup All star team".
Carvalho was named in the UEFA Euro 2008 squads Group A for the UEFA Euro 2008 Championship. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho played in three of Portugal's four matches in the tournament, including the 2–0 win against Turkey national football team and the 1–3 victory against Czech Republic national football team, in the UEFA Euro 2008 Group A, and the UEFA Euro 2008 knockout stage Quarter-finals match where Portugal lost 3–2 to Germany national football team. Two years later, Carvalho was named again in the 2010 FIFA World Cup squads Portugal for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho formed a terrific partnership with Bruno Alves in the centre of defence, playing in all group stage matches without conceding a goal. This time, Portugal reached the round of 16, where they lost 1–0 against Spain national football team, suffering only one goal in all four matches.
On 31 August 2011, Carvalho retired from international football after leaving the concentration without talking to Ricardo Alberto Carvalho coach and teammates before Portugal's match against Cyprus for the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Paulo Bento, Portuguese coach, called Ricardo Alberto Carvalho behaviour a desertion. Many were reminded of the words of José Mourinho in 2004 about an IQ test after a similar episode: Carvalho did not accept that Ricardo Alberto Carvalho coach had chosen another teammate to play in Ricardo Alberto Carvalho position.
Style of play
Ricardo Carvalho has always been a Defender (association football) Centre back. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho is quick, good in the air, and with superb technique, comparisons have been made between Ricardo Alberto Carvalho and the legendary Italian defender Franco Baresi. Ricardo Alberto Carvalho body is not as strong as a regular centre-back but Ricardo Alberto Carvalho likes to play hard and tackle, in a UEFA Champions League's official magazine interview Carvalho said:
Like Ricardo Alberto Carvalho said, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho is not as tall as most centre-backs but Ricardo Alberto Carvalho won headers against them, Ricardo Alberto Carvalho scored three goals against Manchester United F.C. with Rio Ferdinand (1.91 m) and Nemanja Vidić (1.89 m) in defence. In the same UEFA Champions League's official magazine interview Ricardo Alberto Carvalho said:
- Taça de Portugal: 1
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 3
- UEFA Europa League: 1
- UEFA Champions League: 1
- Premier League: 3
- FA Cup: 3
- FA Community Shield: 2
- Football League Cup: 2
- UEFA Champions League: Runners-up
- Copa del Rey: 1
- CNID Footballer of the Year Portuguese League Footballer of the Year (2001–present): 2002–03
- UEFA Club Football Awards Award categories: 2003–04
- UEFA Team of the Year Team of the Year 2004: 2003–04
- UEFA Euro 2004 Awards: 2004
- 2006 FIFA World Cup Awards: 2006
- Chelsea Player of the Year: 2007–08
- Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa (Duke of Braganza)