Rikarudo Higa

  (Redirected from Ricardo Higa)

Rikarudo Higa (比嘉 リカルド, Higa Rikarudo, born May 4, 1973) is a Brazilian-born Japanese football player. He obtained Japanese citizenship in August 2003 and promptly changed his given name from Ricardo to the more "Japanized" pronunciation Rikarudo.

Rikarudo Higa
比嘉 リカルド
Personal information
Full name Rikarudo Higa
Date of birth (1973-05-04) May 4, 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth Campinas, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Rio Branco
1994 Santa Helena
1995 Roma Apucarana
1998 Yaita SC
1999 Albirex Niigata 34 (6)
2000 Okinawa Kariyushi FC
2003–2006 FC Ryukyu
National team
2004–2008 Japan Futsal
2009 Japan Beach Soccer
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit

Higa was born in Campinas, Brazil on May 4, 1973. He played for some Brazilian club until the middle of 1990s. In 1997, he moved to Japan and joined Prefectural Leagues club Yaita SC in 1998. In 1999, he moved to newly was promoted to J2 League club, Albirex Niigata. In 2000, he moved to Prefectural Leagues club Okinawa Kariyushi FC and played in 1 season. In 2003, he joined Prefectural Leagues club FC Ryukyu. The club was promoted to Regional Leagues from 2005 and Japan Football League from 2006. He retired end of 2006 season.

Futsal careerEdit

Higa obtained Japanese citizenship in August 2003. In 2003, he was selected Japan national futsal team. He played at 2004 and 2008 Futsal World Cup.[1]

Beach soccer careerEdit

In 2009, Higa was selected Japan national beach soccer team for 2009 Beach Soccer World Cup.[1]

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1999 Albirex Niigata J2 League 34 6 2 0 36 6
Total 34 6 0 0 2 0 36 6


  1. ^ a b Rikarudo HigaFIFA competition record

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