Rico began his professional career with São Paulo Futebol Clube, where he played on the same team as Brazil international and AC Milan midfielder Kaká. He also played for Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto-Alegrense. Rico moved to Bahrain to play for Muharraq Club in 2005, and has spent the past five seasons there.
Last season Rico scored many important goals leading Muharraq to the Bahraini premiership. Rico scored in the last second of the match against Sitra by a penalty to secure the league for Muharraq. Rico also helped Muharraq to beat Riffa Club 2-1 in the final of the Crown Prince cup, and helped in Muharraq's run to the AFC Cup 2006 final where they narrowly lost on aggregate against Al Faisaly of Jordan.
In the 2006-07 season, Rico returned with Muharraq. At the beginning of the year he led Muharraq to the Bahraini Super Cup against Al Najma, by scoring a back heel goal to beat Bahrain international goalkeeper Abdulrahman AbdulKarim. He scored 25 goals in 21 games in the Bahraini league helping Muharraq to the championship. In 2008 he scored 19 goals in 11 games granting him the title of The World's Top Goal Scorer from IFFHS.
Rico transfers to Bahrain Riffa Club in may 2010.
in september 2011 he transfers to Manama.