Rui Pedro (footballer, born 1988)
|Full name||Rui Pedro Couto Ramalho|
|Date of birth||2 July 1988|
|Place of birth||Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Diósgyőr (loan from Ferencváros)|
|2008||→ Estrela Amadora (loan)||4||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Portimonense (loan)||22||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Gil Vicente (loan)||29||(8)|
|2010–2011||→ Leixões (loan)||27||(8)|
|2019||→ Haladás (loan)||15||(5)|
|2019–||→ Diósgyőr (loan)||9||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2019|
Born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto District, Rui Pedro joined FC Porto's youth system in 2001, at the age of 13. He was promoted to the main squad for 2007–08, but his input would consist of 45 minutes in a 0–0 away draw against C.D. Fátima for the Portuguese League Cup; he finished the season on loan, appearing rarely for fellow Primeira Liga side C.F. Estrela da Amadora.
Pedro spent the following three years out on loan, appearing for three second level clubs and playing and scoring regularly for the last two, Gil Vicente F.C. and Leixões SC. In summer 2011 he left Porto by mutual agreement and signed for three years with CFR Cluj in Romania, joining a host of compatriots at the Liga I team, including manager Jorge Costa. On 20 November of the following year he netted the first hat-trick of his professional career, scoring all three goals in a 3–1 home win against S.C. Braga in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
On 8 July 2014, Rui Pedro returned to Portugal, joining Académica de Coimbra on a two-year deal. He netted six times in his first year to help his team narrowly avoid relegation, but they did go down the following campaign.
All youth categories comprised, Rui Pedro earned 64 caps for Portugal, scoring 20 goals. On 25 March 2009 he, alongside teammate Bruno Pereirinha, was suspended by under-21 coach Carlos Queiroz after both attempted an unsuccessful backpass penalty during a match against Cape Verde for the Madeira International Tournament (the score was then at 2–0 for the hosts).
- Matias, Jorge Miguel (27 September 2007). "Ficha de jogo" [Match sheet] (in Portuguese). Público. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- Rui Pedro, atacantul lui Porto, a semnat pe trei ani cu CFR Cluj. Mureşan: "Jorge Costa l-a vrut" (Rui Pedro, Porto forward, signed for three years with CFR Cluj. Mureşan: "Jorge Costa wanted him"); Gazeta Sporturilor, 31 August 2011 (in Romanian)
- Rui Pedro hat-trick ends Braga's hopes at CFR; UEFA, 20 November 2012
- "Rui Pedro e Aderlan reforçam Académica" [Rui Pedro and Aderlan strengthen Académica] (in Portuguese). Académica Coimbra. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
- Cunha, Pedro Jorge (10 March 2015). "Rui Pedro: o ás de Viterbo tem o dom de Deco" [Rui Pedro: Viterbo's ace has the touch of Deco] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
- "FTC: portugál támadó érkezett Bulgáriából – hivatalos" [FTC: Portuguese forward has arrived from Bulgaria – official] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "FTC: három évre írt alá a portugál középpályás?" [FTC: was a three-year contract signed?] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- Pereirinha e Rui Pedro suspensos por Queiroz (Pereirinha and Rui Pedro suspended by Queiroz) Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine; Record, 25 March 2009 (in Portuguese)
- "Rui Pedro". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Rui Pedro at WorldFootball.net
- "Rui Pedro – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 March 2014.