Sergio Rico González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈseɾxjo ˈriko ɣonˈθaleθ];[A] born 1 September 1993) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on loan from Sevilla FC.
Rico with Sevilla in 2017
|Full name||Sergio Rico González|
|Date of birth||1 September 1993|
|Place of birth||Seville, Spain|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
(on loan from Sevilla)
|2018–2019||→ Fulham (loan)||29||(0)|
|2019–||→ Paris Saint-Germain (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2016
He began his career at Sevilla, where he twice won the Europa League.
Rico was born in Seville, Andalusia. He played youth football with Sevilla FC, spending several of his first seasons as a senior with the reserves, in Segunda División B. On 1 July 2013, he signed a new two-year deal with the club.
On 14 September 2014, profiting from the injuries of both Beto and Mariano Barbosa, Rico made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, starting in a 2–0 home win against Getafe CF. He first appeared in the UEFA Europa League four days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a home victory over Feyenoord for the same scoreline.
In December 2014, Rico was definitely promoted to the main squad, overtaking Barbosa in the pecking order. He extended his contract with the Rojiblancos on the 16th, signing until 2017 and being awarded a place with the first team in the following campaign. He finished the campaign with 37 appearances all competitions comprised, including 11 in the Europa League which concluded with a 3–2 defeat of FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the final.
In 2015–16, Rico played in Sevilla's UEFA Champions League group stage elimination, but was replaced by fellow youth graduate David Soria as the team went on to win a third consecutive Europa League title. He was still first-choice during 2017–18, but was also involved in altercations with manager Vincenzo Montella and a group of supporters.
On 9 August 2018, Rico was loaned to Fulham for one season. He made his Premier League debut on 27 October, in a 0–3 home loss against AFC Bournemouth; he edged out homegrown player Marcus Bettinelli as the starting goalkeeper for the West London club, who were relegated to the Championship at the end of the campaign.
On 1 September 2019, Rico joined Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on a season-long loan deal which included an optional buyout clause. His maiden appearance in Ligue 1 took place two months later in the 2–1 victory at Stade Brestois 29, when Keylor Navas withdrew injured before kick-off.
On 26 May 2015, Rico and Sevilla teammate Aleix Vidal were the two players called up to the Spanish national team for the first time, ahead of a friendly with Costa Rica and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Belarus, but he did not play in either fixture. He was the third-choice goalkeeper for the final tournament behind Iker Casillas and David de Gea, and made his debut on 1 June, replacing the former for the final 14 minutes of a 6–1 friendly win over South Korea in Salzburg.
|Fulham (loan)||2018–19||Premier League||29||0||0||0||—||3[d]||0||32||0|
|Paris Saint-Germain (loan)||2019–20||Ligue 1||1||0||3||0||1[b]||0||2[e]||0||7||0|
- In isolation, González is pronounced [gonˈθaleθ].
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- López, José María (16 December 2014). "Sergio Rico renueva hasta 2017" [Sergio Rico renews until 2017]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 March 2015.
- Fernández, Alberto (26 May 2015). "Consejo de héroes" [Council of heroes]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 May 2015.
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- "Sevilla make it three in row at Liverpool's expense". UEFA. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- Sánchez-Flor, Ulises (7 April 2018). "Sergio Rico y su insostenible situación en el Sevilla por el pulgar abajo de la afición" [Sergio Rico and his unsustainable situation at Sevilla for the supporters thumbs down]. El Confidencial (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 August 2018.
- "Sergio Rico se marcha cedido al Fulham FC" [Sergio Rico goes out on loan at Fulham FC] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
- Holland, Kris (27 October 2018). "Fulham 0–3 AFC Bournemouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- Muro, Giuseppe (2 August 2019). "Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli ready to get career back on track after frustrating year". Evening Standard. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
- "Sergio Rico signs for Paris Saint-Germain". Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
- Le Dorze, Franck (9 November 2019). "PSG: la belle première de Sergio Rico à Brest" [PSG: Sergio Rico's beautiful debut at Brest]. L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 15 November 2019.
- "Sevilla duo Sergio Rico and Aleix Vidal handed Spain calls". beIN Sports. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "Euro 2016: Diego Costa, Juan Mata & Fernando Torres not in Spain squad". BBC Sport. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
- Le Miere, Jason (1 June 2016). "VIDEO Spain 6–1 South Korea: Highlights from Salzburg friendly ahead of Euro 2016". International Business Times. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- López, José María (21 December 2016). "Susana Díaz: 'No hay bética que premie tanto a los sevillistas'" [Susana Díaz: 'There's no Betis fan who bestows so much awards on Sevilla players]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 December 2016.
- "Sergio Rico". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- Sergio Rico at ESPN FC
- "Games played by Sergio Rico in 63429/63430". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 January 2019.