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Ricardo Peláez Linares (born March 14, 1963) is a former Mexican footballer. He represented Mexico at the FIFA World Cup in 1998. He scored two goals, in the group matches against South Korea - a 3-1 win for Mexico - and a 2-2 draw with Netherlands.

Club career

Ricardo started his career as an accountant. After finishing his studies in accounting, Ricardo started to work doing public accountancy which he believed was something extremely boring and tiresome. Soccer being his hobby and passion, he decided to go for trials at Club América. Even though he was 23 at that time, the headhunters at the club instantly recognized him as a "crack" and decided to place him in the first team right away.

Even though Ricardo started his career with America, he has claimed to be a boyhood fan of not only Club América, but of Necaxa as well. He is the leading scorer in Necaxa's history with 138 goals since his arrival in 1987 and his departure in 1997.

Pelaez moved back with America for one year to which after wards joined rival Guadalajara in the winter of 1998. In 2000 he was forced into retirement due to various knee injuries at the age of 35.Peláez scored 172 goals and registered 40 assists in his career.

He was commemorated in Necaxa's new facilities in Aguascalientesmarker when a training field was named after him.

International career

Peláez was part of the Mexico's 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, scoring two goals in the tournament. Peláez scored the equalizer against South Korea in a 3–1 win. Peláez scored his second goal of the tournament in a 2–2 draw against the Netherlands. Overall Peláez capped 43 times for Mexico and scored 16 goals.

International goals

Post career

As of 2004, Peláez has been a commentator for football matches on Mexican television station Televisa. Pelaez has also lent his voice alongside Enrique Bermudez to be the Spanish languagecommentators for the three most recent FIFAvideogames.

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1. August 10, 1989 Los Angelesmarker, United Statesmarker 4–2 Win 1989 Los Angeles Cup
2. August 10, 1989 Los Angeles, United States 4–2 Win 1989 Los Angeles Cup
3. August 10, 1989 Los Angeles, United States 4–2 Win 1989 Los Angeles Cup
4. August 10, 1989 Los Angeles, United States 4–2 Win 1989 Los Angeles Cup
5. March 20, 1990 Los Angeles, United States 2–1 Win Friendly
6. April 17, 1990 Los Angeles, United States 2–0 Win Friendly
7. January 11, 1996 San Diegomarker, United States 5–0 Win 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8. January 11, 1996 San Diego, United States 5–0 Win 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
9. May 29, 1996 Morimarker, Japanmarker 2–3 Loss 1996 Kirin Cup
10. September 15, 1996 Kingstownmarker, Saint Vincent and the Grenadinesmarker 3–0 Win 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. September 15, 1996 Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3–0 Win 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. November 20, 1996 Los Angeles, United States 3–1 Win Friendly
13. May 20, 1998 Oslomarker, Norwaymarker 2–5 Loss Friendly
14. May 20, 1998 Oslo, Norway 2–5 Loss Friendly
15. June 13, 1998 Lyonmarker, Francemarker 3–1 Win 1998 FIFA World Cup
16. June 25, 1998 Saint-Étiennemarker, France 2–2 Draw 1998 FIFA World Cup

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