The player was free on the market. Outside Atlético-MG’s plans (see more below), he hasn’t played since March, when he was on the field in the victory against Vila Nova, for the Mineiro Championship. There were eight games in 2020 and a goal scored, against Afogados, in February, for the Brazil Cup (see at the end of the article).
Ricardo Oliveira arrives to try to solve the offensive problems of Coritiba, which has the worst attack of the Brazilian Championship, with eight goals. The team has 11 points in the table and comes from rout to Fluminense, by 4 to 0.
Ricardo Oliveira played 110 games and scored 37 goals at Atlético-MG – Photo: Bruno Cantini
Ricardo Oliveira completed 20 years of career last week. Experienced, he has spent time in Spanish and Italian football, when he defended teams like Betis, Real Zaragoza, Valencia and Milan.
The striker started at Portuguesa and played for Santos, São Paulo and Atlético-MG. At Peixe, he was twice champion of São Paulo and made 92 goals in 173 games, adding two passages. He also wore the shirt of the Brazilian national team at the 2004 Copa America and the 2005 Confederations Cup. He was remembered again in 2015, when Roberto Firmino was cut.
- Complete table of the Brazilian Championship
- Coritiba 2020 statistics
The peak of the player was in 2015, when he was the top scorer of the year, with 37 goals scored, and won the Arthur Friedenreich Prize. At the time, for Santos, he was top scorer for Paulistão (11 goals) and Brasileirão (20) and also scored six in the Copa do Brasil. Kieza, then from Bahia, came in second, with 29 goals.
With a keen eye for goals, he has 70 goals in the era of running points of the Brazilian Championship. See the current Top-20:
- Fred – 148 goals
- Diego Souza – 109 goals
- Paulo Baier – 105 goals
- Alecsandro – 104 goals
- Borges – 99 goals
- Wellington Paulista – 98 goals
- Rafael Moura – 88 goals
- Luis Fabiano – 85 goals
- Roger – 83 goals
- Washington – 83 gols
- Souza – 77 goals
- André Lima – 75 goals
- Obina – 75 goals
- David – 73 goals
- Rafael Sóbis – 73 goals
- André – 72 goals
- Gabigol – 71 goals
- Ricardo Oliveira – 70 goals
- Dagoberto – 70 goals
- Diego Tardelli – 69 goals
Ricardo Oliveira was initially linked to Atlético-MG for two seasons, until December 2019. However, during the 2018 Brazilian Championship, the club renewed the contract until December 31, 2020.
Between ups and downs (like goal fasting), Ricardo Oliveira was the team’s top scorer in the two full seasons he played at Galo. He scored 22 goals in 2018, being top scorer of Mineiro (6 goals) and vice of Brasileirão (13 goals). Last season, it closed with 14 total goals. In the final stretch of 2019, he accumulated a thousand minutes of fasting until he scored a goal in Fluminense, in August.
In total, he played 110 games and scored 37 goals at Atlético-MG.
Ricardo Oliveira scored a goal in 2020 for Atlético-MG, for the Brazil Cup
Lítigio with Atlético-MG
The 40-year-old striker was left out of Jorge Sampaoli’s plans at Galo in May, when the club decided to invite the athletes to Covid-19 exams to resume the games. The player, along with five others (Franco Di Santo, Clayton, Ramón Martínez, Lucas Hernández and José Welison), was told that he did not need to introduce himself.
He left Atlético-MG in July after filing a labor lawsuit asking for a contractual termination, which was granted. The player alleged moral damage due to the form of treatment and salary delay. In the Labor Court, he asks for R $ 3.7 million. With Rooster, he had a contract until December 2020.
The veteran striker came to the Rooster in 2018 to replace Fred. He was top scorer for the Rooster in the first two seasons. He left the club with a total of 110 games and 37 goals scored.
Coritiba returns to the field against Sao Paulo next Sunday, at 4 pm, at Couto Pereira, for the 13th round of the Brazilian Championship. Tricolor paulista is the third placed in the table, with 19 points.
Coritiba’s next matches
- Coritiba x São Paulo – 10/04 – 16h – Couto Pereira
- Grêmio x Coritiba – 07/10 – 19h15 – Arena do Grêmio
- Coritiba x Fortaleza – 10/10 – 19h – Couto Pereira
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