Ricardo Esgaio

Ricardo Esgaio
Esgaio playing for Sporting in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ricardo de Sousa Esgaio
Date of birth (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993
Place of birth Nazaré, Portugal
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger / Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 47
Youth career
2001–2005 Nazarenos
2005–2012 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Sporting CP 22 (0)
2012–2017 Sporting B 87 (34)
2015Académica (loan) 15 (0)
2017– Braga 30 (4)
National team
2008–2009 Portugal U16 9 (3)
2009–2010 Portugal U17 17 (5)
2010 Portugal U18 2 (0)
2010–2012 Portugal U19 29 (5)
2012–2013 Portugal U20 16 (1)
2013–2015 Portugal U21 18 (3)
2016– Portugal U23 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 August 2016

Ricardo de Sousa Esgaio (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaɾðu ʃˈɣalu]; born 16 May 1993) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for S.C. Braga as a right winger or right back.

Club career


Born in Nazaré, Esgaio joined Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system at the age of 12, having signed from local Grupo Desportivo os Nazarenos. On 14 December 2011 he was called for a UEFA Europa League group stage game away against S.S. Lazio, alongside youth graduates Betinho, Tiago Ilori, João Carlos and João Mário, as the Lions had already secured the first place in its group: he remained an unused substitute in the 0–2 loss.[1]

On 11 August 2012, Esgaio made his senior debut with the B-team in the second division, playing 80 minutes in a 0–1 loss at U.D. Oliveirense.[2] He scored his first goal with the side the following matchday, the only in the home fixture against Vitória de Guimarães B.[3]

Esgaio made his first official appearance with Sporting's main squad on 7 December 2012, starting against Videoton FC in the last round of the Europa League group stage, as the Lions were already eliminated from knockout stage contention, and playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home win.[4] He made his Primeira Liga debut on 5 January of the following year, playing the last minute of a 0–1 home loss to F.C. Paços de Ferreira;[5] on 6 November 2013, back in the reserves, he netted a hat-trick in a 4–0 win over G.D. Chaves.[6]

On 27 January 2015, both Esgaio and Sporting teammate Salim Cissé were loaned to fellow league club Académica de Coimbra until the end of the season.[7]


On 17 June 2017, after only 44 competitive matches for Sporting in five years,[8] Esgaio signed a five-year contract with S.C. Braga as Rodrigo Battaglia moved in the opposite direction.[9] In his third match for his new team, away to C.D. Aves on 20 August, he came on as a last-minute substitute and scored his first goal in the top flight to seal a 2–0 victory.[10]




  1. Clinical Lazio through after Sporting triumph; UEFA, 14 December 2011
  2. "Oliveirense-Sporting B, 1–0: Golo de Barry derrota jovens leões" [Oliveirense-Sporting B, 1–0: Barry goal defeats young lions]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  3. "Sporting B-V. Guimarães B, 1–0: Esgaio dá triunfo aos leões" [Sporting B-V. Guimarães B, 1–0: Esgaio gives lions win]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  4. Sporting sign off with Videoton success; UEFA, 7 December 2012
  5. Paços pile more misery on Sporting; PortuGOAL, 5 January 2013
  6. "Sporting B-Chaves, 4–0: Hat-trick de Ricardo Esgaio" [Sporting B 4–0 Chaves: Ricardo Esgaio hat-trick]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 November 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. "Sporting empresta Ricardo Esgaio e Cissé à Académica" [Sporting loan Ricardo Esgaio and Cissé to Académica] (in Portuguese). TSF. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. "Ricardo Esgaio quer em Braga os minutos que não teve no Sporting" [Ricardo Esgaio wants in Braga minutes he did not have at Sporting] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. "Ricardo Esgaio assinou pelo Sp. Braga, depois de 12 anos como leão" [Ricardo Esgaio signed for Sp. Braga, after 12 years as a lion]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 17 June 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  10. "Veja o grande golo de Ricardo Esgaio frente ao Aves" [Watch Ricardo Esgaio's great goal against Aves]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 August 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
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