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Ricardo Carvalho

Personal information

Full name Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho[1][2]

Date of birth 18 May 1978 (1978-05-18) (age 32)[3]

Place of birth Amarante, Portugal

Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)

Playing position Centre back

Current club Real Madrid

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Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaɾdu kɐɾˈvaʎu]; born 18 May 1978 in Amarante, Portugal), is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a centre back for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid,[4] and for the Portuguese national team.

Carvalho was born in Amarante where he played for the local team, Amarante Futebol Clube. By his great performance as a youngster, he was spotted by the Portuguese powerhouse, Porto, and in 1996 he was brought to FC Porto Junior team. Between 1997 and 2001 he had loan spells at Leça, where he made his professional debut, Vitória de Setúbal and FC Alverca, but it was in Mourinho’s reign that he really started to make big strides forward. It was in the 2002–03 season that Carvalho made his name known all around Europe, winning his first domestic league title under Mourinho’s commands, the Portuguese Cup, and the UEFA Cup. His good form led to an international call-up in 2003. In the next season, Carvalho won his second league title in a row, and his first UEFA Champions League title, in which tournament he was named best defender of the tournament.[5] In July 2004, Carvalho transferred to Chelsea for a fee of just under €30 million. With "The Blues", he won two Premier League titles in a row and one League Cup in his first two seasons. In 2008 he helped the club reach the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in their history, a game that they lost 6–5 on penalties against Manchester United. In the same year he was voted by his fellow Chelsea colleagues as Chelsea's "2008 Players Player of the Year". Two years later, in the 2009-10 season, Carvalho helped "The Blues" win their first Championship since 2006 and the FA Cup, by winning this last trophy Chelsea have secured the first ever Double in the club's history. In August 2010, after six years with Chelsea, he transferred to Real Madrid for a fee of £6.7 million.

Internationally, Carvalho has represented Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was a regular in Portugal's lineup during the UEFA Euro 2004, when his country advanced all the way to the final before losing to Greece. Later, at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Carvalho was a mainstay in defense for the national team. He played in six matches for Portugal, which made the semifinals before being eliminated by France. In the UEFA Euro 2008, he played in three of Portugal's four matches, being eliminated in the quarter-finals by Germany. Two years later, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he was a regular in Portugal's lineup again when Portugal reach the round of 16, suffering only one goal in all four matches.

Personal life

Carvalho is married to his Portuguese wife Carina and they have a son named Rodrigo.

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Carvalho interview

Ricardo Carvalho addressed the media following this morning's training session.

"It's important for us to be group leaders after our game in Milan. Our goal is to secure the first position as soon as possible and that's why it's important to earn a good result there. We were better than them at the Bernabeu and they will want to prove they can defeat us."

"We knew we had to improve yesterday because we didn't start the match well and Hercules scored a goal in the opening minutes. We were better and superior in the second half, and we ended up winning the match. We tried to support each other in the dressing room and that made it all easier. I celebrated the second goal effusively with Ronaldo because it was a very important strike for us, not because the crowd had been singing derogatory chants against him."

"Cristiano has been scoring many goals for quite some time. He started out as a winger and his style has changed. He looks at the goal constantly and he needs to score to feel comfortable on the pitch."

"We are all very happy for Benzema. I believe he is in good form. It's important for a player to build his confidence and these games help to do so. He played very well yesterday and he is training well too."

"Barcelona won in Seville, but we should only worry about our own game and try to improve in every match. We are better placed than them at the moment and we want to keep it up by winning our games."

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