Ricardo Alberto Silveira da Carvalho, commonly known simply as Ricardo Carvalho, is a Portugal international football player who currently features for the Spanish and European giants Real Madrid. He is a central defender and is a world class one too.
Carvalho began his professional career at FC Porto in 1998 and played for them until the end of the 2003-2004 season, scoring three goals in 73 league matches. He won the Portuguese Superliga and the Champions League with Porto in the 2003-2004 season and was signed by Chelsea for almost 20 million pounds in the summer of 2004.
Carvalho was an instant hit and a regular starter at Chelsea and helped the club win the Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. He played in almost 150 league matches for Chelsea and joined Madrid in the summer of 2010 to reunite with his former manager Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Carvalho immediately became a star of the Madrid team despite his age and after winning the Copa del Rey in 2011, won La Liga in 2011-12.
Carvalho made his international debut for Portugal in the summer of 2003 and played in 75 matches, scoring four goals in the process, before retiring on August 31, 2011. He played at Euro 2004, the 2006 and 2010 Germany World Cup and the Euro 2008 finals.
Among his honors are:
- Premier League Champion 2005, 2006
- FA Cup title 2007
- English League Cup 2005, 2007
- Portuguese SuperLiga title 2003, 2004
- Portuguese Cup 2003
- UEFA Cup 2003
- Portuguese Footballer of the Year 2003
- UEFA Best Defender of the Year 2004
- Copa del Rey 2011
- Spanish Super Cup 2012
- La Liga 2012