Víctor Ruiz (footballer, born 1989)

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Víctor Ruiz
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Ruiz being presented by Napoli in 2011
Personal information
Full name Víctor Ruiz Torre
Date of birth (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Betis
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2002 Barcelona
2002–2006 Cornellà
2006–2008 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Espanyol B 44 (0)
2009–2011 Espanyol 37 (2)
2011 Napoli 6 (0)
2011–2015 Valencia 59 (1)
2014–2015Villarreal (loan) 25 (0)
2015–2019 Villarreal 112 (3)
2019–2020 Beşiktaş 23 (0)
2020– Betis 0 (0)
National team
2006 Spain U17 1 (0)
2007–2008 Spain U19 3 (0)
2010–2011 Spain U21 5 (0)
2012 Spain U23 1 (0)
2010– Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 February 2012

Víctor Ruiz Torre (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbiktoɾ ˈrwiθ ˈtore]; born 25 January 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Betis as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Espanyol[edit]

Born in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Ruiz arrived in RCD Espanyol's youth system in 2006 at the age of 17, from neighbouring UE Cornellà. In the 2008–09 season he made his senior debut, helping the reserve side win their Tercera División group and subsequently promote in the playoffs.

On 6 December 2009, Ruiz made his debut with Espanyol's first team, starting and being booked in a 0–4 home loss against Racing de Santander.[1] Coach Mauricio Pochettino fielded him in a further 21 La Liga games that campaign, with the team finally ranking in 11th position; he added two goals, against Málaga CF (1–2 away defeat)[2] and Atlético Madrid (3–0, home).[3]

Napoli and Valencia[edit]

In 2010–11, Ruiz played all the minutes for Espanyol in the first 15 rounds.[4] On 31 January 2011, he was sold to S.S.C. Napoli for 6 million cash in a four-and-a-half-year contract, with the Italians also ceding the sporting rights to Jesús Dátolo who was playing with the Spaniards on loan.[5][6]

On 30 August 2011, Ruiz returned to his country after penning a five-year deal with Valencia CF for €8 million.[7][8] He made his official debut on 10 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home victory over Atlético Madrid.[9]

On 12 December 2013, Ruiz was sent off in a 1–1 home draw against FC Kuban Krasnodar in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, for a professional foul on Djibril Cissé.[10]

Villarreal[edit]

On 1 July 2015, following a one-year loan there, Ruiz transferred to Villarreal CF also in the Valencian Community for an initial €2.7 million, potentially rising to €3 million.[11] He played his first competitive match for them in his second spell on 23 August, when he started and finished the 1–1 draw at Real Betis.[12]

Ruiz scored his first league goal for Villarreal on 7 April 2017, in a 3–1 home defeat of Athletic Bilbao where he also received his marching orders after a straight red card with 15 minutes left.[13]

Beşiktaş and Betis[edit]

On 7 August 2019, Ruiz joined Beşiktaş J.K. on a three-year contract.[14] He returned to the Spanish top flight one year later, however, with the free agent joining Betis on a one-year deal.[15]

International career[edit]

Shortly after making his debut with Espanyol, Ruiz was called to the Spanish under-21 team by manager Luis Milla. On 8 February 2011, in the last minutes of a 2–1 friendly win over Denmark, he was sent off for punching Nicki Bille, who celebrated his goal in front of Ruiz's face.[16][17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 August 2020[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol 2009–10 La Liga 22 2 0 0 22 2
2010–11 15 0 3 0 18 0
Total 37 2 3 0 0 0 40 2
Napoli 2010–11 Serie A 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Total 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Valencia 2011–12 La Liga 22 0 7 1 8 1 37 2
2012–13 26 0 5 0 2 0 33 0
2013–14 11 1 1 0 7 0 19 1
Total 59 1 13 1 17 1 89 3
Villarreal 2014–15 La Liga 25 0 3 0 8 0 36 0
2015–16 35 0 2 0 14 0 51 0
2016–17 28 1 2 0 6 0 36 1
2017–18 27 2 2 0 5 0 34 2
2018–19 22 0 1 0 10 0 33 0
Total 137 3 10 0 43 0 190 3
Beşiktaş 2019–20 Süper Lig 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0
Total 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0
Career total 262 6 28 1 62 1 352 8

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Espanyol B

International[edit]

Spain U21

Individual[edit]

  • UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quixano, Jordi (6 December 2009). "El Espanyol es un juguete roto" [Espanyol are a broken toy]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  2. ^ Espanyol continue away day blues; ESPN Soccernet, 21 February 2010
  3. ^ Espanyol boost survival hopes; ESPN Soccernet, 11 April 2010
  4. ^ Beldarrain, Andoni (28 January 2011). "Mercado de invierno: El Sevilla se refuerza y el Espanyol se debilita" [Winter market: Sevilla strengthen and Espanyol weaken] (in Spanish). EITB. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ Napoli sign Ruiz from Espanyol; UEFA, 31 January 2011
  6. ^ SSC Napoli SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (in Italian)
  7. ^ Valencia complete deal for Ruiz; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2011
  8. ^ SSC Napoli SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (in Italian)
  9. ^ Egea, Pablo (11 September 2011). "Soldado arma al Valencia" [Soldier ("Soldado" in English) arms Valencia]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Europa League: Kuban Krasnodar crash out despite 1–1 draw at Valencia". Sky Sports. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Villarreal finalise transfer for Victor Ruiz". Inside Spanish Football. 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  12. ^ Melero, Delfín (24 August 2015). "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  13. ^ "El Villarreal frena las aspiraciones del Athletic" [Villarreal halt Athletic's aspirations]. Deia (in Spanish). 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  14. ^ "El Villarreal traspasa a Víctor Ruiz al Besiktas" [Villarreal transfer Víctor Ruiz to Besiktas]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 7 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Víctor Ruiz, nuevo jugador del Real Betis" [Víctor Ruiz, new player of Real Betis] (in Spanish). Real Betis. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  16. ^ Ten-man Spain defeat hosts Denmark; UEFA, 8 February 2011
  17. ^ International Matches – Under 21; Soccer Spain, 8 February 2011
  18. ^ "Víctor Ruiz". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  19. ^ Rodrigálvarez, Eduardo (26 June 2011). "España tiene futuro" [Spain have a future]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  20. ^ Casal, Rafa (16 May 2016). "Atletico dominate UEFA's La Liga team of the season". Marca. Retrieved 30 September 2017.

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