Raúl Ruidíaz

Raúl Mario Ruidíaz Misitich (Spanish pronunciation: [raˈul rujˈðiaθ misiˈtitʃ], Croatian: Misitić, born 25 July 1990) is a Peruvian footballer who currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC and the Peru national team, as a striker.[2]

Raúl Ruidíaz
Personal information
Full name Raúl Mario Ruidíaz Misitich
Date of birth (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990
Place of birth Villa María del Triunfo, Peru
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 9
Youth career
1998–2008 Universitario
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Universitario 66 (13)
2008–2009U América (loan) 11 (3)
2012 Universidad de Chile 15 (8)
2012–2015 Coritiba 8 (0)
2013–2014Universitario (loan) 64 (35)
2015 Melgar 14 (2)
2015–2017 Universitario 22 (22)
2016–2017Morelia (loan) 34 (20)
2017–2018 Morelia 38 (20)
2018– Seattle Sounders FC 36 (21)
National team
2011– Peru 43 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2019

He is of maternal Croatian descent[3] and his nickname, "The Flea", stems from his small frame and his ability to get past defenders with great ball control. Ruidíaz began his career at Universitario de Deportes, a powerhouse of a club in Peru, where he became an idol during the 2011 season, at just 21 years old. In January 2012, he joined Primera División club Universidad de Chile.

Club career


Ruidíaz grew up in the Lima neighbourhood of Villa María del Triunfo and made his first steps in club football at Primera División club Universitario de Deportes aged eight. In January 2008, the player was promoted to the first adult team and immediately loaned to América Cochahuayco, the club's filial team, directed by the coach Héctor Chumpitaz, an historic football player of the Peruvian national team in the 1982 World Cup. His first professional goal was against Hijos de Acosvinchos. After the arrival of Jorge Gonzáles, he began to play as a striker.

Ruidíaz made his professional debut in the Peruvian First Division on 4 October 2009 against Total Chalaco in the Monumental, at the age of 19. The coach at the time, Juan Reynoso, decided to play him from the start of the match, which finished 2-1 in favor of Universitario. He finished the season by scoring 3 goals in 7 games in the Peruvian 2009 Championship and also won his first National title with Universitario de Deportes. Ruidíaz has often been called pequeño Messi (little Messi) in his home country, mainly because of his ability to charge a player one on one, as well as his unique technical skills. Ruidiaz was listed among the greatest talents of South American football by O Globo Brazilian newspaper in 2010.

Universidad de Chile

On 20 January 2012, Ruidíaz was appointed as new player of the Primera División club Universidad de Chile.[4] Despite some early success with his new club, Raul's lack of match fitness and the emergence of young talented strikers at the club Ruidíaz fell out of favour with the Universidad de Chile manager towards the end of the season. On 15 July 2012, Ruidíaz and club Universidad de Chile had mutually agreed to release him.[5]


After participating in the Copa América Centenario, Ruidíaz signed for Mexican club Monarcas Morelia on a season-long loan deal for a reported fee of €105,000.[6] He was presented to the media in Morelia on 1 July 2016 and was given the number 9 shirt.[7] Ruidíaz made his Liga MX debut on 15 July 2016 replacing Diego Valdés in a 2–0 away loss to Tijuana.[8] The following week, in Morelia's home opener, Ruidíaz scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against Querétaro.[9] On 1 August 2016, Ruidíaz scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 away win against Santos Laguna.[10] Ruidíaz ended the season with 11 goals which made him the season's top scorer along with Tijuana's Dayro Moreno.[11]

Before Morelia's Clausura 2017 home opener against Tijuana, Ruidíaz was honored with a commemorative plaque at Estadio Morelos for being the club's first Liga MX scoring champion.[12] Ruidíaz later scored the second goal in Morelia's 2–0 opening match victory over Tijuana.[13] Later that night, it was announced Morelia signed Ruidíaz to a permanent three-year transfer.[14] Later in the season Ruidíaz scored his second hat-trick for Morelia in a 4–0 win over UNAM.[15] In the final game of the season, Ruidíaz scored a crucial game-winning goal in a 2–1 away victory over Monterrey.[16] The goal helped Morelia avoid relegation, helped the team qualify to the liguilla and helped Ruidíaz win his second straight Liga MX scoring title.[16][17][18]

Seattle Sounders

On 6 June 2018 it was reported that Ruidíaz would be signing a contract with MLS side Seattle Sounders F.C.[19] The signing was made official on June 29, as the club announced Ruidiaz as a Designated Player. He set club records for being the fastest to 10 goals in MLS play (in 14 games),[20] and scoring in the most consecutive appearances (8 games).[21]

On 10 November 2019, Ruidíaz scored Seattle's final goal in a 3–1 home win over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup Final.[22]

International career

Ruidíaz made his international debut on 7 June 2011 in a 0–0 draw against Japan in Niigata in the Kirin Cup. In the same month, Ruidíaz was called up by coach Sergio Markarián to represent Peru in the Copa América held in Argentina, Ruidíaz was a member of the Peruvian squad that finished 3rd, after a 4–1 victory over Venezuela, Ruidíaz made only one appearance in the tournament in a match against Chile in which Peru lost 1-0.

Ruidíaz was named as a member of Peru's 23-man squad for the Copa América Centenario in 2016. In Peru's third group match against Brazil on 12 June 2016, Ruidíaz scored a controversial goal, a winner in the 75th minute. The goal put Peru up 1–0, and that result held, sending Peru through to the knockout stage as winners of Group B.[23]

In May 2018 he was named in Peru's provisional 24 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[24]

Career statistics


Club Season League Cup Other[nb 1] International Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
U América FC 2009 113113
Universitario 2009 930093
2010 35720377
2011 2230064287
Total 66130000847417
Universidad de Chile 2012 15890248
Coritiba 2012 8030110
Universitario 2013 3921003921
2014 2514104614119
Total 643510400618040
Melgar 2015 14263205
Universitario 2015 131200211413
2016 91000910
Total 22220000212423
Morelia 2016–17 3420003420
2017–18 3820113921
Total 72401100007341
Seattle Sounders FC 2018 1410231613
2019 2211442615
Total 36210067004228
Career Total 30814520867256359166


Statistics accurate as of match played 1 December 2019.[25]
Peru national team

International goals

As of match played 28 March 2018. Peru score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ruidíaz goal.[26]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 24 March 2016Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru11 Venezuela2–22–22018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 28 May 2016Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington D.C., United States13 El Salvador1–03–1Friendly
3 12 June 2016Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States15 Brazil1–01–0Copa América Centenario
4 27 March 2018Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States29 Iceland2–13–1Friendly



Universitario de Deportes
Club Universidad de Chile
Seattle Sounders




  1. Includes other competitive competitions, including the MLS Cup playoffs.


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  3. "Raúl Ruidíaz: "No me digan 'La Pulga'"". El Comercio. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. "La U presentó sus nuevas caras para el 2012 con peruano Ruidíaz como novedad". Emol.com. 20 January 2012.
  5. "Raúl Ruidíaz afirma que se va muy triste de la Universidad de Chile". Rpp.com.pe. 15 July 2012.
  6. "Universitario acepta fichaje de Raúl Ruidíaz por Monarcas Morelia, pero..." Rpp.com.pe. 28 June 2016.
  7. "Morelia presenta refuerzos". eluniversal.com.mx. 1 July 2016.
  8. "Raúl Ruidíaz debutó en la Liga MX con derrota del Morelia ante Tijuana". peru.com. 16 July 2016.
  9. "Raúl Ruidíaz anotó en el empate 2-2 entre Morelia y Querétaro". peru.com. 23 July 2016.
  10. "Con 'hat-trick' de Ruidíaz, Monarcas Morelia venció 4-2 a Santos Laguna por la Liga MX". larepublica.pe. 1 August 2016.
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  12. http://rpp.pe/futbol/peruanos-en-el-mundo/video-ruidiaz-recibio-placa-honorifica-como-goleador-historico-del-morelia-noticia-1022102
  13. http://www.fuerzamonarca.com/noticia/hay-raul-ruidiaz-para-rato
  14. http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/2017/01/07/monarcas-blindo-a-raul-ruidiaz
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  26. Raúl Ruidíaz at Soccerway
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