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Rolando Fonseca Jiménez (born June 6, 1974 in San Josémarker) is a Costa Ricanmarker footballer who currently plays as a striker for Comunicaciones of the Guatemalan National League. He is regarded as one of the country's most talented players of all time.

Nicknamed El Principito (The little prince), Fonseca usually plays just off the main striker and is renowned for his ability to create opportunities for his teammates and his fierce long shot.

Football career

Fonseca played for Comunicaciones in Guatemala, Independiente Medellín and America de Cali in Colombiamarker, C.F. Pachuca and CF La Piedad in Mexicomarker, as well as having home spells with Deportivo Saprissa, LD Alajuelense and Municipal Liberia.

In Costa Rica, he played a total of 271 games, scoring over 100 goals, between the league's two best teams, Saprissa and Alajuelense. His debut was against Deportivo Saprissa, in June 1, 1991, against ASODELI, and scored his first goal against San Carlos on August 28th. He also won Costa Rican championships in 1993-94, 1994-95 (Saprissa), and 1996-97, 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2004-05 (Alajuelense), adding three CONCACAF Champions' Cups in 1993, 1995 (Saprissa), and 2004 (Alajuelense).

Fonseca has also been a fixture on the Costa Rica national team since 1992. He played in more than 100 internationals, and is currently the nation's all-time scorer, with 47 goals.

The 47th successful strike came against Chile, in a spectacular strike with his back to the goal, which also meant the number 1000 for Costa Rica in international matches. Fonseca played in two games for the team at the 2002 World Cup. Also the all-time top scorer in the UNCAF Nations Cup with 19 goals, Fonseca was voted the tournament's best player in 1999, adding five goals.

After solid performances with Alajuelense and the national team, Fonseca received offers in 2007 from Chinamarker, Chilemarker, Turkeymarker and the Major League Soccer, but finally settled, as co-owner, player and captain of Municipal Liberia. Although he was having a great season, he left the project a few days before finishing the Apertura tournament, apparently due to personal issues and some differences with then co-owner Mario Sotela. Rumors surfaced Fonseca would return to Alajuelense, but they were all quickly discarded.

After failed negotiations with Brujas F.C., Fonseca returned to Comunicaciones, a team he had already represented on two other spells, remaining as one of side's best imports ever.


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