Riqui Puig, the talented young forward from Spain, has impressed football fans since making his debut aged 18 years and one month at FC Barcelona B.C. Injuries to first team players often mar a player’s career. This is especially so when young players lack fitness and form training. This biography will aim to provide insight into Riqui Puig’s career goals, signing with FC Barcelona and beyond.
First GoalsScored – FC Barcelona & Riqui Puig
Second GoalsScored – Riqui Puig assisted a brace of goals against PSG in the Champions League semi final. Riqui then made his full international debut and scored the opener in a 3-0 win over Colombia. Third goals scored – Riqui made another brace of goals against Lens in the Champions League final. This brought him level with FC Barcelona legends Ronaldinho and David Beckham in terms of goals scored in a season. Fourth goals scored – this brought him level with David Beckham and RVP (scoring twice) in terms of most goals scored in a season.
Career Overview / End of Season Loans / Trade Talks During the summer break, Riqui Puig left FC Barcelona to sign a contract with Villarreal CF of Spain. He was then snapped up by AC Milan on a free transfer. Riqui Puig never played another game for the club. He moved to Milan as a free agent and has not been seen since. It seems that he signed a pre-agreed transfer to Milan and no further talks have taken place with FC Barcelona or AC Milan.
Career Advice – Riqui has given interviews in French and English to talk about his move to Milan and answer questions about his future goals, training methods and profile of a typical Brazilian football player. He also spoke about his love for soccer and the pressure of carrying the weight of Brazil on his shoulders. His biography indicates that he’s very humble and is not overly boastful or arrogant. He only wants to be first choice center forward or left midfielder. His life has been a mystery up until now.
Bibliography – The most complete Bibliography available on Riqui Puig includes over twenty-five articles in the English language alone. All were written either in English or Portuguese. A brief summary of his career accomplishments can be found at the Bibliography tab on the Soccer Team and Player page. Detailed information about his achievements and awards can be found at the About Riqui Puig page. Finally, a photo album containing pictures taken during his years at Villarreal CF can be found at the About Riqui Puig site.
Biography and Interviews – This article includes Riqui Puig’s biography and an interview. In the biography, Puig reveals that he grew up in Rio as the son of two fishermen who would take small nets out to fish all day long. As a result, the young Riqui was a natural-born goal scorer, fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, and was often called upon by his coach, Wilfrid “Rico” da Silva. It was from these early years at Vitoria Guincho that Riqui began to be recognized as a talented player – but also as someone with great strength and stamina. He earned a full scholarship to Internacional Brazil in the mid 90’s and impressed during the qualification tournament as well as the World Cup, making Riqui one of the favorites to win the right player slot for the 1994 Olympics.
Interview – This is the “main interview” where Riqui speaks candidly about his background, playing for Vitoria and Villarreal, his relationship with Carlos Queiroz, and discusses why he chose soccer as his career path. Riqui is also interviewed regarding his playing career, his attitude towards soccer, his relationship with Carlos Queiroz, his reaction to being dropped by Internacional, and much more. It’s a very revealing interview and really shows Riqui at his best – honest and just getting on with things. Enjoy!