Abel Ruiz

Abel Ruiz




Full name: Abel Ruiz Ortega

Country: Spain

Date of birth: 28/01/2000 (17 years old)

Place of birth: Almussafes (Spain)

Height: 185cm

Youth career: Almussafes, Valencia, FC Barcelona (since 2012)

Current club: FC Barcelona

Squad number: —

Current national team: Spain U-17

Position: centre forward

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —

Tournaments participated in: 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (3/1), 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (6/4), UEFA Youth League 2016/2017 (5/1)

Contract until: 30.06.2019

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal

Similar type of player: Harry Kane



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– despite being tall, his heading ability could still improve


Style of play:

– complete striker who is able to create and score his own goals, or to act as a target man and also an off-the-shoulder striker

– player with good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, balance, stamina and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations

– determined forward with killer-instinct, very good technique on the ball, good dribbling skills and cleverness at his off-the-ball movements

– very composed finisher capable on both feet

– can operate effectively alone up front or offer versatility in his choice of striking partner

– possesses great sense of positioning while receiving through balls

– likes to dribble

– likes to try to beat offside trap

– likes to capitalize on defensive mistakes

– generates many flick-ons and passes into the channels for his teammates to utilize

– capable of holding up the ball for teammates to provide them with assists when playing with his back to goal

– able to sniff out a goal in any situation thanks to his great shooting skills, movement and ability to play off of other players

– often moves deep into midfield and drawing defenders with him, in order to create and exploit spaces for his teammates

– has tendency to drift onto the wings

– good decision maker in the final third


He is best suited to playing as:

Centre forward in 4-3-3.






2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship runner-up with Spain.


League summary (as for 4 March 2017):

No senior team appearances yet.



Abel Ruiz joined La Masia from Valencia in 2012. Currently he is considered to be one of the pearls of this famous youth academy and Barcelona U-19 star alongside names such as Oriol Busquets, Jordi Mboula, Marc Cucurella and Inaki Pena. In 2016, he played at UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where Spain won silver, and he scored four goals to become the second best scorer of the tournament after José Gomes. Several big teams, especially English ones, have expressed interest in him, however, in June 2016, he signed his first contract with FC Barcelona and it seems like he’ll stay in Catalonia for an extended period of time.




Football Talent Scout potential rating:

9/10   BallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBall

Player has potential to become a key player in a top European club.





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