Ricardo Peláez

Ricardo Peláez Linares (born 14 March 1963) is a Mexican former professional footballer and executive who is the current Director of Football for Liga MX CD Guadalajara.

Ricardo Peláez
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Peláez in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Peláez Linares
Date of birth (1963-03-14) 14 March 1963 (age 57)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 América 17 (8)
1987–1997 Necaxa 352 (138)
1997–1998 América 33 (17)
1998–2000 Guadalajara 42 (15)
Total 444 (171)
National team
1989–1999 Mexico 43 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a player, Peláez made his debut with Club América in 1985, before moving to Necaxa in 1987 and becoming a mainstay for the club, making over 300 appearances and scoring 138 goals, making him the club's all-time leading goalscorer. He had a second stint with América in 1997, and transferred a year later to Guadalajara before retiring in 2000. Peláez also represented the Mexico national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Following his retirement, Peláez became a commentator for Televisa Deportes. In November 2011 he became Sporting President for Club América. From October 2013 to July 2014 he was the Sporting Director of the Mexico national team, returning to América immediately following the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He left his position as sporting president in April 2017.

Club careerEdit

Ricardo Peláez Linares started his career as an accountant. After finishing his studies in accounting, Ricardo started to work doing public accountancy which he believed was something extremely boring and tiresome. Football being his hobby and passion, he decided to go for trials at Club América. He was 23 when the club headhunters recognized his talents and decided to place him in the first team. He scored his first goal for America in the 1985 Prode Final, in which America won.

He has claimed to be a boyhood fan of América, and Club Necaxa. He is the leading scorer in Necaxa's history with 138 goals made during his tenure with the team from 1987 to 1997.

Peláez returned to América for one year after which he joined Guadalajara in the winter of 1998. In 2000, he was forced into retirement due to knee injuries at age 35. Peláez scored 172 goals and registered 40 assists during his career.

He was commemorated in Necaxa's new facilities in Aguascalientes when a training field was named after him.

International careerEdit

Peláez was part of the Mexico national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring two goals in the tournament.[1] Peláez scored the equalizer against South Korea in a 3–1 win. Peláez scored his second goal of the tournament in a 2–2 draw against the Netherlands. Overall Peláez capped 43 times for Mexico and scored 16 goals.

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 10, 1989 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States   South Korea 1–0 4–2 1989 Los Angeles Cup
2. 2–0
3. 3–0
4. 4–2
5. March 20, 1990 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States   Uruguay 2–0 2–1 Friendly
6. April 17, 1990 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States   Colombia 2–0 2–0 Friendly
7. January 11, 1996 Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, United States   Saint Vincent 1–0 5–0 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8. 4–0
9. May 29, 1996 Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Hakata-ku, Japan   Japan 2–0 2–3 1996 Kirin Cup
10. September 15, 1996 Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines   Saint Vincent 1–0 3–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 2–0
12. November 20, 1996 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States   El Salvador 2–0 3–1 Friendly
13. May 20, 1998 Bislett Stadium, Oslo, Norway   Norway 1–2 2–5 Friendly
14. 2–4
15. June 13, 1998 Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France   South Korea 1–1 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup
16. June 25, 1998 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France   Netherlands 1–2 2–2 1998 FIFA World Cup


Club AméricaEdit

On 8 November 2011, following the departure of Michel Bauer as president,[2] it was announced that Peláez was named the new Sporting President of Club América as part of a complete organizational restructuring.[3] His first act as president was the signing of Miguel Herrera as the club's new manager.[4]

Under Peláez's presidency, América has qualified to the playoffs every season, reaching the league final four times (winning the 2013 Clausura and 2014 Apertura tournaments), as well as winning the CONCACAF Champions' League twice (winning the 2014–15 and 2015–16 editions).[5]

Cruz AzulEdit

Peláez was announced as Director of Football for Cruz Azul on 7 May 2018, replacing Eduardo de la Torre. Peláez signed a two year contract with the club and was presented on 9 May 2018.[6][7] In his first season with Cruz Azul, the team reached the Copa MX final, defeating Monterrey 2–0 to win the cup.[8]


Following much speculation, Peláez was announced as Guadalajara's new Director of Football beginning in the 2020 Clausura.[9]

Outside footballEdit

In 2004, Peláez became a commentator for football matches on Mexican television station Televisa. Pelaez has also lent his voice alongside Enrique Bermúdez to be the Spanish language commentators for the FIFA videogames.

From September 2017 until May 2018, he worked as an analyst for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Mexico.[10]







  1. ^ Ricardo Peláez Statistics FIFA. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Michel Bauer quedó fuera del América" (in Spanish). La Jornada. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Ricardo Peláez, nuevo Presidente Deportivo del América" (in Spanish). Diario Récord. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Miguel Herrera es el técnico del América" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Mano a mano: Ricardo Peláez - 'Inge' Rodríguez" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Bienvenido Ricardo Peláez Linares" [Welcome Ricardo Peláez Linares] (in Spanish). 7 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Peláez llega a Cruz Azul con deseo de ser campeón" [Peláez arrives at Cruz Azul with the hope to become champion]. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  8. ^ "¡CRUZ AZUL CAMPEÓN!" [CRUZ AZUL CHAMPION!] (in Spanish). 31 October 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ "¿Cuánto presupuesto tendrá y cuáles serán las prioridades de Ricardo Peláez con Chivas?".
  10. ^ http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2017/09/ricardo-pelaez-el-nuevo-fichaje-de-espn-deportes/

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