About Mark

Mark Ricciuto – Australian Rules football legend, entrepreneur and family man – was born in 1975 in Waikerie, South Australia. A rural town, with a population of approximately 5000, Waikerie is where Mark received his all-important football beginnings and his passion for the sport was ignited.

Starting as a junior with the local Waikerie Magpies Football Club, it was here where those natural skills, hunger for the game, and instilled work ethic – which ultimately took him all the way to the top – first came to light.

With proud Italian heritage, With proud Italian heritage, Mark Ricciuto was raised alongside five sisters on his family’s vineyard in the agriculturally-significant Riverland district of South Australia. To this day, the orchard remains in the family, maintaining his deep fondness and connection with the area. Located by the banks of the mighty Murray River, Mark stills considers this region to be very much his home.

Married in 2008 to Sarah, the couple have six extremely energetic children – Sophie, Rosie, Nick, Joe, Rocco and Tom. Who knows, perhaps a future Adelaide Crow in the midst?

Following his AFL career, Mark Ricciuto now wears many hats, continuing his deep association and passion for the sport of Aussie Rules. Media commentator for Triple M and FOX FOOTY; successful businessman and entrepreneur; and, co-author of his book – Roo: The Mark Ricciuto Story, Mark Ricciuto continues to promote Australian football, while successfully applying those awesome skills he showed on the football field to the world of business.

Football Achievements

- Position: Midfield, utility
- Debut: 1993
- Games: 312
- Goals: 292


- Australian Football League Hall of Fame Inductee 2011
- South Australian National Football League Hall of Fame Inductee 2012
- Australian Football League Life Member
- South Australian National Football League Life Member
- Adelaide Football Club Life Member
- Member of Adelaide Football Club Team of the Decade 1991 - 2001
- Adelaide Football Club Player of the Decade 1991 – 2001
- AFL Premiership Side 1998
- Wizard Home Loans Cup Premiership Side 2003
- Adelaide Football Club Captain 2001 – 2007
- Adelaide Football Club Vice-Captain 1997 - 2000
- AFLPA Best Captain 2005, 2006
- Adelaide Football Club Best and Fairest 1998,2003, 2004
- 3rd Best & Fairest 1994, 1997, 2000
- Best Team Man 1994, 2003
- All-Australian 1994,1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
- All-Australian Captain 2004, 2005
- International Series 1998, 2000
- Brownlow Medal Winner 2003
- Brownlow Medal 2nd 2004
- Brownlow Medal equal 4th 1997
- Brownlow Medal 5th 1998
- 2nd Youngest Player to reach 300 Games – 31 years & 43 days old, R16, 2006
- AFL Rising Star Nominee 1993
- AFC Leading Goal Kicker 2006 (44 goals)
- VFL/AFL Italian Team Of The Century – Captain 2007