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Abel Ruiz Ortega (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈβel ˈrwiθ]; born 28 January 2000) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona B as a striker.

Abel Ruiz
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Ruiz with Spain U19 in 2019
Personal information
Full name Abel Ruiz Ortega
Date of birth (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 19)
Place of birth Almussafes, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Barcelona B
Number 9
Youth career
2008–2012 Valencia
2012–2017 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Barcelona B 48 (6)
2019– Barcelona 1 (0)
National team
2015–2017 Spain U17 38 (25)
2018 Spain U18 4 (7)
2017– Spain U19 8 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018


Club careerEdit

Born in Almussafes, Valencian Community, Ruiz joined FC Barcelona's youth setup in 2012, from Valencia CF.[1] On 21 November 2016, he renewed his contract with the club.[2]

On 9 April 2017, while still a junior, Ruiz made his senior debut with the reserves, coming on as a late substitute for Jesús Alfaro in a 2–0 Segunda División B away win against CF Badalona; he also became the first player born in the 2000s to make an appearance for the club's senior ranks.[3] He made his professional team debut on 28 August, replacing David Concha in an 0–3 home loss against CD Tenerife for the Segunda División championship.[4]

Ruiz scored his first professional goal on 1 September 2017, in a 2–2 draw against Granada CF.[5]

Abel Ruiz had his debut with FC Barcelona's first team in the Supercopa de Catalunya final on 7 March 2018, against RCD Espanyol, by scoring the last shot of the penalty shoot-out, which allowed to win the trophy.[6]

Ruiz made his La Liga debut on 12 May 2019 in a 2–0 win against Getafe CF, coming on as a substitute for Philippe Coutinho.

International careerEdit

Ruiz made his debut for the Spain under-17 team on 25 October 2015, starting and scoring the first in a 2–0 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification win against Andorra.[7] He was also named in the list for the finals in Azerbaijan,[8] despite being one year younger than his teammates.

Ruiz finished the competition with four goals, being awarded the Silver Boot ; he was also included in the tournament's best eleven.[9] During the 2017 edition in Croatia, he captained the side as Spain achieved his ninth title.[10]

On 22 September 2017, Ruiz was included in Santiago Denia's squad ahead of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup,[11] and scored two braces in the tournament, scoring two goals in a 4–0 win against Niger on 10 October, and two more in a 3–1 semi-finals win against Mali on 25 October.[12]. Due to Abel Ruiz performance in 2017 FIFA U-17 world cup, he was linked with many of Europe's top clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 28 April 2019[13]
Club League Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B
Segunda División B 2016–17 2 0 2 0
Segunda División 2017–18 26 3 26 3
Segunda División B 2018–19 20 3 20 3
Total 48 6 48 6
Career total 48 6 48 6





Spain U17
Spain U18




  1. ^ "Abel Ruiz, el futuro nueve de España" [Abel Ruiz, the future nine of Spain] (in Spanish). Sphera Sports. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Abel Ruiz se queda en el Barça" [Abel Ruiz stays at Barça] (in Spanish). Sport. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  3. ^ "El almusafense Abel Ruiz debuta con el filial del FC Barcelona en la Segunda B" [The almusafense Abel Ruiz debuts with the reserve team of FC Barcelona in Segunda B] (in Spanish). Levante-EMV. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. ^ "El Tenerife se pone líder en Barcelona" [Tenerife become leader in Barcelona] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Tercer empate de un Granada que no termina de arrancar" [Third draw of a Granada which cannot get going] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Abel Ruiz, protagonista en la tanda de penaltis" [Abel Ruiz had his debut by scoring on the penalty shoot-out] (in Spanish). Sport. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Abel Ruiz abre el camino de la victoria de la selección española sub'17 ante Andorra" [Abel Ruiz shows the way to victory of Spain under-17s against Andorra] (in Spanish). Sport. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Cuatro representantes valencianos, rumbo a la Eurocopa Sub-17 de Azerbaiyán" [Four Valencians, to the under-17 European Championship in Azerbaijan] (in Spanish). FFCV. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Ten to watch from U17 EURO in Azerbaijan". 23 May 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Spain secure record third U17 EURO title". 19 May 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Oficial | Esta es la convocatoria para la Copa Mundial Sub-17 de India" [Official | This is the call-up for the Under-17 World Cup in India] (in Spanish). SeFutbol. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  12. ^ "FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017". Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  13. ^ Abel Ruiz at Soccerway
  14. ^ "U17 Top scorers in Azerbaijan". 21 May 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Technical Report – Team of the Tournament". UEFA. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Abel Ruiz and Amine Gouiri equal record". 12 May 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Ruiz level with José Gomes as top U17 EURO scorer". 19 May 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Abel Ruiz, récord de la Sub 17" [Abel Ruiz, recordist of the under-17s] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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