Full Name: Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
Birth Date: April 22 1982
Birth Place: Brazil
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Squad No: 8
Current Club: Real Madrid FC
The Brazilian star is undoubtedly one of the best footballers of the past few years and burst onto the scene when he signed for AC Milan for around €8.5 million.
Even though he was born in Brasilia, he moved with his family to Sao Paulo as a kid and started his career there. He made his Sao Paulo debut at the age of 19 and in a short time he showed that he was different. Skillful, relentless and possessing an excellent shot, he scored 30 goals in his first two seasons.. Many big clubs in Europe set their sights on him, but it was AC Milan who snapped him up.
In Italy he became a great player and won many titles with the Rossoneri. He won the Serie A, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Championship and earned a series of personal trophies as well. In 2004 he was the Player of the Year in Serie A, but the avalanche of achievements would come in 2007, when he obtained the Golden Ball, the FIFA World Player trophy and the man-of-the-match award in the FIFA Club World Cup.
In 2009 he was back in the spotlight when Real Madrid decided to put together yet another team of Galacticos, signing him for the whopping sum of €65 million, the second most expensive transfer in history after Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, spells on the sidelines through injury and poor form kept him out of the side and his future was left unclear in 2012.