Ricardo Oliveira is a Brazilian international footballer who currently features for Spanish Segunda Division side Real Zaragoza. He is a striker and is regarded as one of the best goalscorers in Europe.
Ricardo Oliveira began his professional career at Brazilian side Portuguesa in 2000 and moved to Santos in 2002. In 2003 he made the big move across the oceans to Europe and Spain where he first played for Valencia and won La Liga and the UEFA Cup in his first and only season at Valencia in 2003-2004.
Oliveira moved onto the Andalucian side Real Betis in the summer of 2004 and played for them until the summer of 2006. He scored 22 La Liga goals in 37 appearances, and also won the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna, scoring the first goal as Betis’s 2-1 win in his first season at Betis.
Ricardo Oliveira suffered an injury in his second and last season at Betis and was signed by the Italian powerhouse AC Milan in the summer of 2006 for 15 million pounds plus a player, signing a 5-year contract.
At the start of the 2007-2008 season he was loaned onto Real Zaragoza and although Zaragoza were relegated to the Spanish second division, he stood out of the crowd and scored 17 goals in the league alone and 21 in all competitions. Zaragoza decided to make Oliveira their own when they decided to sign the player for good for just over 10 million euros.