Richard Morales

Richard Morales
Personal information
Full name Richard Javier Morales Aguirre
Date of birth (1975-02-21) 21 February 1975
Place of birth Las Piedras, Uruguay
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Progreso
1997–1998 Basáñez
1999–2002 Nacional 98 (44)
2003–2005 Osasuna 50 (11)
2005–2007 Málaga 42 (3)
2007–2008 Nacional 25 (8)
2008–2009 Grêmio 6 (1)
2009 LDU Quito 3 (0)
2009–2010 Fénix 5 (0)
National team
2001–2005 Uruguay 27 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Morales and the second or maternal family name is Aguirre.

Ríchard Javier Morales Aguirre (born 21 February 1975) is a Uruguayan retired footballer who played as a centre forward.

Nicknamed Chengue, he was mostly known for his tremendous physical strength and volatile temperament.[1] He played professionally in four different countries – mainly Spain – his heyday coming at Nacional de Montevideo.

Morales represented Uruguay at the 2002 World Cup, as well as in two Copa América tournaments.

Club career

Morales was born in Las Piedras, Canelones Department. After starting his professional career with C.A. Progreso and Basáñez, he transferred to Club Nacional de Football in 1999. There, he helped the capital club to the 1998 Primera División title.

In January 2003, Morales moved to Spain, reuniting with Pablo García at CA Osasuna.[2] After spending his first two 1/2 seasons as a rarely used attacking option (his first goals came in late April-early March 2004 in two consecutive 1–1 draws, against Real Valladolid and Málaga CF), he scored nine La Liga goals in the 2004–05 campaign, being instrumental in the Navarrese side's narrow escape from relegation.

Morales signed for Málaga subsequently, but would only net once in 2005–06 as the Andalusians went on to rank last, adding just two in the following season's second division.

On 5 August 2008 Morales, after a brief return stint with Nacional, agreed to a contract with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo for the rest of the campaign, with the option to renew the contract for another year.[3] However, the following day, after club players were violently attacked by its fans, he decided not to join the Rio de Janeiro team.[4]

On 31 August 2008, Morales signed with Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. However, on 16 February of the following year, he moved to Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito, but quickly left the squad on 2 April due to his father's poor health;[5] before retiring the following year, he played a few matches for Centro Atlético Fénix.

International career

Having first appeared for Uruguay at 26, during the 2001 Copa América – where he scored in the 1–2 semifinal loss to Mexico[6]– Morales came to international prominence on 15 November 2001, when his two late goals against Australia in the qualification playoffs ensured his country a place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[7]

In the final stages in South Korea and Japan, Morales netted once in the 3–3 draw with Senegal.[8] He received a total of 27 caps, scoring six goals.


  1. "Morales makes his mark". BBC Sport. 26 November 2001. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  2. "Osasuna look to Morales". 5 January 2003. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  3. "Flamengo acerta com atacante uruguaio" [Flamengo signs Uruguayan forward] (in Portuguese). Terra. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2008.
  4. "Preocupada com ataque aos atletas, família proíbe Morales de jogar no Fla" [Worried with attack on players, family forbids Morales to play for Fla] (in Portuguese). Globo. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  5. Richard 'Chengue' Morales deja a Liga (Q) (Richard 'Chengue' Morales leaves Liga (Q)); El Comercio (Spanish)
  6. "Mexico win stormy semi". BBC Sport. 25 July 2001. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  7. "Uruguay end Aussie dream". BBC Sport. 25 November 2001. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  8. "Senegal cling on to qualify". BBC Sport. 11 June 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
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