Ariel Zárate

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Ariel Zárate
Personal information
Full name Ariel Silvio Zárate Riga
Date of birth (1973-07-13) July 13, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Toluca 9 (0)
1996–1997 Riccione 13 (5)
1997–1998 Cádiz 35 (10)
1998–2002 Málaga 89 (9)
1999–2000 Elche (loan) 21 (6)
2002–2003 Xerez 38 (11)
2003–2005 Elche 47 (2)
2005–2006 Deportivo Morón 34 (11)
2007 Tristán Suárez 16 (3)
2007–2011 All Boys 77 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zárate and the second or maternal family name is Riga.

Ariel Silvio Zárate Riga (born 13 July 1973 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine retired footballer who played mainly as a forward.

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.

Football career[edit]

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.

As All Boys returned to the top division in 2010 after an absence of nearly 40 years, he made his debuts in the competition in a match against Racing Club de Avellaneda, for the season's Apertura.


Zárate has three brothers, all footballers: younger Rolando and Mauro and older Sergio, with all of them eventually representing the Argentine national team.[1]


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