• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Bryan Ruiz bears highest Tico soccer price tag

July 10, 2009

Striker Bryan Ruiz became the most expensive soccer player in Costa Rican history on Wednesday, when Dutch soccer team Twente secured his transfer for €5 million (a little over $7 million).

Ruiz, 23, played the past three seasons with the Belgian Gante club, where he was a captain and the main goal-scorer. Before the deal with Twente was confirmed, other big European clubs were also interested in Ruiz, including England´s Newcastle, the Netherlands´ Heerenveen, Germany´s Hoffenheim and Russia´s Zenit.

The Ruiz transfer topped Paulo César Wanchope´s old record of the highest transfer price paid for a Costa Rican, when Wanchope was picked up in 2000 from England´s West Ham United by Manchester City for $5.6 million.

Ruiz has played an integral role in the Costa Rican national team, which is leading its Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Soccer Associations (CONCACAF) World Cup 2010 qualifying group.

After playing with Alajuelense, Ruiz left Costa Rica in 2006 at age 19 to play in Belgium, where he developed and grew physical enough to compete at the European level.

While playing with Gante, Ruiz was called the best player on the team and one of the best foreign players in the Belgian league. In December, the Italian club Napoli offered Gante €8 million (about $11.2 million) for Ruiz, but the club refused the offer without consulting him.

Ruiz expressed his frustration with his club´s decision to leave him out of the deal and said he wished to leave Belgium to play in a more competitive league, where he would have more opportunity to show his abilities. He especially expressed interest in the Dutch league and Twente, the runner-up in last season´s finals. With Twente, Ruiz will be able to play in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League, which consists of Europe´s top teams.

You may be interested

US flies deported migrant families back to Central America
Latin America
153 views
Latin America
153 views

US flies deported migrant families back to Central America

AFP - July 30, 2021

US authorities began on Friday deporting some migrant families on flights to Central America as part of an expedited system…

Nicaragua parliament shutters 24 NGOs
Latin America
5 views
Latin America
5 views

Nicaragua parliament shutters 24 NGOs

AFP - July 30, 2021

Nicaragua's parliament on Wednesday shuttered 24 non-governmental organizations, operating mainly in the medical field, in a move they said amounted…

‘The war has changed’: US documents sound alarm on Delta variant
Global
1944 views
Global
1944 views

‘The war has changed’: US documents sound alarm on Delta variant

AFP - July 30, 2021

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox, probably causes more severe disease, and breakthrough cases in…

The Tico Times | Top Costa Rica News, Travel, Culture and Sports