|Full name||Ariel Silvio Zárate Riga|
|Date of birth||July 13, 1973|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1999–2000||→ Elche (loan)||21||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Only having made his debuts in the first division in his own country well past his 30s, he spent the vast majority of his professional career in Spain, mainly with Málaga, which he represented in three full La Liga seasons.
After completing Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield's youth divisions, Zárate began playing professionally in Mexico with Club Toluca. He then had a stint with lowly Riccione Calcio of Italy and spent seven years in Spain, with Cádiz CF, Málaga CF (helping the Andalusia side achieve La Liga promotion in 1999), Elche CF and Xerez CD.
Subsequently, Zárate returned to Argentina, playing for modest outfits Club Deportivo Morón, Club Social y Deportivo Tristán Suárez and All Boys, helping the latter to the Primera B Metropolitana championship in his first season.