Ricardo Avila has been plying his trade in Europe for a couple of years now, and after a season spent at Slovenian side Koper he moved to Belgium with KAA Gent in 2017. The left-footer is among the youngest members of the Panama squad, with his first call-up arriving after Los Canaleros had already achieved their historic qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Although he is a defensive midfielder who never neglects his duty to break up opposition attacks, Avila is not averse to getting forward and has developed a keen eye for goal from distance, regularly trying his luck from range. Given the fierce competition for a place in midfield alongside several more experienced players, Avila will need to make the most of any game time he gets to set his stamp on the side.
Avila earned a call-up to the squad just eight days prior to the tournament following an injury to Alberto Quintero.