Ryotaro Nakano (中野 遼太郎 Nakano Ryotaro, born 13 June 1988) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Thai Leagues T1 side Chonburi.
Nakano started his career with FC Tokyo while studying at the Waseda University. He moved to Germany in 2011 to join 6th division side Pommern Greifswald. He was loaned to Ekstraklasa side Arka Gdynia in 2012, but left less than five months later, without a first team appearance.
He moved to Latvia in 2013, joining Latvian First League side BFC Daugavpils. In his first season, Nakano managed a 1:1 goal ratio, scoring 26 goals in 26 games as his team were promoted to the Latvian Higher League. He earned a transfer to fellow Latvian side FK Jelgava in January 2016, and was included in the 2016 Latvian Higher League team of the season.
Despite his good performances, Nakano struggled with the freezing weather in Latvia, as temperatures dipped to -25° in the winter. He was offered a move to Thai Leagues side Chonburi F.C. in 2017, an opportunity which he took.