Mark Ricciuto is a former Australian rules footballer who was considered one of the best mid fielders in the competition and a true champion of the game. In the decade and a half since he was signed by the Adelaide Crows, his list of achievements has been extraordinary.

Debuting for the Crows as a 17-year old, Ricciuto quickly became a household name in South Australia. His reputation was confirmed with All- Australian honours in 1994, his second year in the AFL. Ricciuto would go on to achieve the honour an amazing eight times, captaining the side twice. Having played in Adelaide’s premiership side in 1998, also winning the Malcolm Blight Medal as the club’s best and fairest, Ricciuto replaced Mark Bickley as the club’s captain prior to the 2001 season.

Ricciuto shared the 2003 Brownlow Medal with Nathan Buckley and Adam Goodes, and was selected in the All-Australian team for four consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2005, captaining the side in both 2004 and 2005.

Having played more of a forward role in his last two seasons, Ricciuto retired at the end of the 2007 season, having played a total of 312 games for Adelaide, kicking 292 goals.

Ricciuto was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011, and the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Playing Career

1993 – 2007 Adelaide

Games

312

Goals

292

Playing Honours

  • Brownlow Medal winner (2003)
  • AFL premiership player (1998)
  • 8× All-Australian (1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • 2× All-Australian captain (2004, 2005)
  • 3× Malcolm Blight Medal (1998, 2003, 2004)
  • Adelaide captain (2001–07)
  • AFL Rising Star nominee (1993)
  • South Australia team representative
  • 3× Showdown Medal (2000, 2004, 2005)
  • 2× AFLPA best captain (2005, 2006)
  • Adelaide leading goalkicker (2006)
  • Adelaide Team of the Decade – Half Forward Flank
  • VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century (named 2007)
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame (inducted 2011)
  • South Australian Football Hall of Fame (inducted 2012)

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