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Hámilton Ricard Cuesta (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxamilton ˈrikaɾð ˈkwesta]; born 12 January 1974) is a Colombian former footballer who played as a striker. He played for clubs in 10 different countries over the course of his career, including Colombian sides Deportivo Cali, Cortuluá, Independiente Santa Fe and Deportes Quindío, English club Middlesbrough, CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, Emelec in Ecuador, Japanese side Shonan Bellmare, APOEL in Cyprus, Spanish side Numancia, Uruguayan club Danubio and Concepción in Chile.
|Full name||Hámilton Ricard Cuesta|
|Date of birth||12 January 1974|
|Place of birth||Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2002||Independiente Santa Fe||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ricard was signed for Middlesbrough by manager Bryan Robson for a fee of £2 million in 1998, and scored 33 goals in 115 appearances over a four-year Middlesbrough career. He was twice Middlesbrough's top scorer. When Steve McClaren took over the reins, Ricard was deemed surplus to requirements and allowed to move to CSKA Sofia on a free transfer. After one season in Bulgaria, Ricard moved to Japan, where he joined Second Division side Shonan Bellmare.
Since leaving Middlesbrough, Ricard courted controversy both on and off the pitch. In 2002, he was involved in a car accident that killed a passenger, and was banned from football for 12 months for attacking a referee and making obscene gestures to the crowd while playing for Guayaquil side Emelec. The ban was reduced on appeal, and since then, Ricard attempted to move back to Europe to rejuvenate his career. He briefly played in Cyprus for APOEL, before signing a year's deal with Numancia for the 2005–06 season. He played 16 times, scoring two goals.
After he moved to Danubio in Uruguay where he scored 12 goals and played a key role helping Danubio to win the Uruguayan 2006–07 season. In June 2007 he trialled with Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua, subsequently signing a contract with the Chinese club.
Ricard has represented Colombia 27 times, scoring five goals.
On 24 January 2007, Ricard was sentenced by a Colombian court to three years in prison for the 2002 car incident. His lawyers have indicated an appeal is likely. He has not yet served the sentence.
|1993||Deportivo Cali||Primera A||15||5|
|2001–02||CSKA Sofia||A PFG||9||1|
|2002||Independiente Santa Fé||Primera A||0||0|
|2003||Shonan Bellmare||J2 League||12||2|
|2005||Deportivo Cali||Primera A||6||0|
|2007||Shanghai Shenhua||Super League||15||5|
Ricard has a daughter.
|1||8-6-1997||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo||Uruguay||1-1||1-1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||13-6-1997||Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz||Mexico||1-2||1-2||Copa América 1997|
|3||5-7-1997||Nacional de Chile, Chile||Chile||1-3||1-4||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||7-7-1999||Estadio Feliciano Cáceres||Ecuador||2-0||2-1||Copa América 1999|
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- "Ex-Boro star Ricard hurt in death crash". ABC News Online. 16 December 2002.
- "Former Columbia striker Ricard facing jail". ESPN Soccernet. 24 January 2007.
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