Víctor Ruiz (footballer, born 1989)
Ruiz being presented by Napoli in 2011
|Full name||Víctor Ruiz Torre|
|Date of birth||25 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Centre back|
|2014–2015||→ Villarreal (loan)||25||(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
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. 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) and Atlético Madrid (3–0, home).
Napoli and Valencia
In 2010–11, Ruiz played all the minutes for Espanyol in the first 15 rounds. 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.
On 30 August 2011, Ruiz returned to his country after penning a five-year deal with Valencia CF for €8 million. He made his official debut on 10 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home victory over Atlético Madrid.
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. 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.
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.
Beşiktaş and Betis
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.
- As of 27 August 2020
- Quixano, Jordi (6 December 2009). "El Espanyol es un juguete roto" [Espanyol are a broken toy]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 August 2019.
- Espanyol continue away day blues; ESPN Soccernet, 21 February 2010
- Espanyol boost survival hopes; ESPN Soccernet, 11 April 2010
- 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.
- Napoli sign Ruiz from Espanyol; UEFA, 31 January 2011
- SSC Napoli SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (in Italian)
- Valencia complete deal for Ruiz; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2011
- SSC Napoli SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (in Italian)
- Egea, Pablo (11 September 2011). "Soldado arma al Valencia" [Soldier ("Soldado" in English) arms Valencia]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- "Europa League: Kuban Krasnodar crash out despite 1–1 draw at Valencia". Sky Sports. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
- "Villarreal finalise transfer for Victor Ruiz". Inside Spanish Football. 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
- Melero, Delfín (24 August 2015). "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 August 2019.
- "El Villarreal frena las aspiraciones del Athletic" [Villarreal halt Athletic's aspirations]. Deia (in Spanish). 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
- "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.
- "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.
- Ten-man Spain defeat hosts Denmark; UEFA, 8 February 2011
- International Matches – Under 21; Soccer Spain, 8 February 2011
- "Víctor Ruiz". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- Rodrigálvarez, Eduardo (26 June 2011). "España tiene futuro" [Spain have a future]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 August 2019.
- Casal, Rafa (16 May 2016). "Atletico dominate UEFA's La Liga team of the season". Marca. Retrieved 30 September 2017.