Rui Pedro (footballer, born 1988)

Rui Pedro Couto Ramalho (born 2 July 1988), known as Rui Pedro, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Hungarian club Diósgyőri VTK on loan from Ferencvárosi TC.

Rui Pedro
Personal information
Full name Rui Pedro Couto Ramalho
Date of birth (1988-07-02) 2 July 1988
Place of birth Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Diósgyőr (loan from Ferencváros)
Number 28
Youth career
2000–2001 Leverense
2001–2007 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Porto 0 (0)
2008Estrela Amadora (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009Portimonense (loan) 22 (0)
2009–2010Gil Vicente (loan) 29 (8)
2010–2011Leixões (loan) 27 (8)
2011–2014 CFR Cluj 62 (10)
2014–2016 Académica 50 (8)
2016–2017 CSKA Sofia 25 (4)
2017– Ferencváros 9 (0)
2019Haladás (loan) 15 (5)
2019–Diósgyőr (loan) 9 (1)
National team
2004 Portugal U16 3 (2)
2004–2005 Portugal U17 14 (3)
2005–2006 Portugal U18 7 (2)
2006–2007 Portugal U19 14 (5)
2008 Portugal U20 9 (3)
2008–2010 Portugal U21 19 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2019

Club career

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;[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

On 8 July 2014, Rui Pedro returned to Portugal, joining Académica de Coimbra on a two-year deal.[4] He netted six times in his first year to help his team narrowly avoid relegation,[5] but they did go down the following campaign.

On 26 June 2017, Rui Pedro was signed by Nemzeti Bajnokság I club Ferencvárosi TC for three years, from Bulgaria's PFC CSKA Sofia.[6][7]

International career

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).[8]

Club statistics

As of 1 December 2019[9][10]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Estrela Amadora
2007–08 40000040
2008–09 2203000250
Gil Vicente
2009–10 29853003411
2010–11 2787000348
Total 8216153009719
CFR Cluj
2011–12 1301000140
2012–13 24750733610
2013–14 2530000253
Total 621060737513
2014–15 2963000323
2015–16 2122000232
Total 5085000555
CSKA Sofia
2016–17 2541100265
Total 2541100265
2017–18 800031111
2018–19 10100020
Total 901031131
2018–19 15520175
Total 1552000175
2019–20 9110101
Total 911000101
Career total 2524431410429352


CFR Cluj


  1. Matias, Jorge Miguel (27 September 2007). "Ficha de jogo" [Match sheet] (in Portuguese). Público. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. 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)
  3. Rui Pedro hat-trick ends Braga's hopes at CFR; UEFA, 20 November 2012
  4. "Rui Pedro e Aderlan reforçam Académica" [Rui Pedro and Aderlan strengthen Académica] (in Portuguese). Académica Coimbra. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  5. 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.
  6. "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.
  7. "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.
  8. 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)
  9. "Rui Pedro". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  10. Rui Pedro at
  11. "Rui Pedro – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
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