Midfielder Bryan Ruiz, one of the legends of Costa Rican soccer, will retire from the fields on December 17 in a match b
Midfielder Bryan Ruiz, one of the legends of Costa Rican soccer, will retire from the fields on December 17 in a match between Alajuelense, his current club and the one in which he was trained, and the Dutch Twente, in which he lived the best moment of his football career in clubs.
“It’s the farewell of my dreams, retiring in this way is something I always wanted for my career,” Ruiz said on the Alajuelense page and on his social networks.
The match will be played on December 17 at the Alejandro Morera Soto stadium, home of Alajuelense.
Twente will carry out a small preseason in Costa Rica from December 12 to 22, taking advantage of the break for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and it is in this framework that Ruiz’s farewell match will take place.
Ruiz, 37 years old, announced earlier this year his retirement when Costa Rica’s participation in the 2022 Qatar World Cup ends, a tournament for which the left-hander has a guaranteed spot, as reported by the coach, Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez.
Ruiz was trained in Alajuelense and at a very young age he left for Belgian Gent, from where he made the leap to Twente, a team in which he played between 2009 and 2012, with a record of 97 games played, a league title in 2010, two of the Dutch Super Cup in 2010 and 2011, and one of the Dutch Cup in 2011.
In Twente Ruiz lived the best moment of his career in clubs and even disputed in one season the ranking of scorers with the Uruguayan Luis Suárez, who at that time played in Ajax.
With Twente, Ruiz also played in the European Champions League before leaving for other clubs such as English Fulham, Dutch PSV, Portuguese Sporting Lisbon and Brazilian Santos, and finally his return in 2020 to Costa Rican Alajuelense after 14 seasons in the outside.
Ruiz is one of the soccer legends in Costa Rica, as he also has 144 appearances for the national team, has played in the World Cups in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, and is about to compete in Qatar 2022.
Ruiz was one of the key pieces for the Costa Rican team to reach the quarterfinals in Brazil 2014, the most brilliant presentation of the Costa Rican team in a World Cup.