|Full name||Cristian Gérard Alfaro Gonzáles|
|Date of birth||30 August 1976|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Arema Cronous|
|1997||→ Huracán Corrientes (loan)||3||(0)|
|2011–2012||Persisam Putra Samarinda||32||(18)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 July 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Cristian Gérard Alfaro Gonzáles (born in Montevideo, Uruguay, 30 August 1976) is an Uruguayan-born Indonesian naturalised footballer who plays as a striker for Arema Cronous. He has been 4 times Liga Indonesia top scorer and has scored 191 goals in the Liga Indonesia. In his early career he played along with Álvaro Recoba in the Uruguay U20. As of 3 November 2010, he officially holds an Indonesian passport and has become the first naturalized player to be called up to the Indonesian national football team.
- 1 Career in Uruguay
- 2 Career in Indonesia
- 3 International career
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Honours
- 8 Statistics
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Career in Uruguay
In 1995, he joined the Uruguayan club Sud America. During the 28 months there, he played only once, scoring no goals.
He was loaned to Huracán Corrientes where he played three times without scoring a goal.
Back to Sud America
After being loaned to Huracán Corrientes, he went back to Sud America in the starting lineup. He played 12 times and scored one goal.
In 2000, on expiry of his contract, he moved to Deportivo Maldonado on a free transfer. He played 22 times and scored one goal.
Career in Indonesia
He started playing in Indonesia in 2003, joining PSM Makassar. In that season he scored 27 goals. PSM won the Liga Indonesia in that season. He was fined Rp20 million for hitting one of the officials from Persita Tangerang and was suspended.
Free from suspension, he joined and led Persik Kediri to become champions of Liga Indonesia in 2006. In 2008 he was sentenced to suspension by the PSSI for unsportsmanlike behaviour. A financial crisis at Persik Kediri led Persik management to rationalize salaries. Gonzáles was one of the few players who was against the decision and looked for another club.
On 30 January 2009, Persib Bandung management announced that they had recruited Gonzáles with remission from PSSI chairman Nurdin Halid. Gonzáles was contracted as a loan from Persik Kediri and was paid 60 million rupiahs per month by Persib Bandung.
He debuted as a starter in the Super League for Persib against Persipura Jayapura in a 1–1 draw thanks to a goal he scored. In 2008 he played 16 times in the League and scored 14 goals, making Gonzáles a top scorer in the Super League.
After his contract at Persik Kediri expired, he was immediately hired by Persib Bandung. In the 2009–10 pre-season, he scored a goal for Persib in the East Java Government Cup. In the 2009–10 season, he scored 51 goals.
Persisam Putra Samarinda
In September 2011, he joined Persisam.
After his contract at Persisam Samarinda expired. He joined Arema Cronous and wear number 10 on his jersey
Although Gonzales began his career in Indonesia as an Uruguayan, he became an Indonesian national on 3 November 2010 after a six-year wait, including not going home to his father's funeral. He is the first naturalized football player in Indonesia and the first to join the Indonesia national football team. His debut with the national team was on 21 November 2010, in a friendly game against Timor-Leste, where he scored twice in a 6–0 win. He scored his third goal in his second appearance against Chinese Taipei in a friendly match which Indonesia won 2–0. He scored his fourth goal in his third international cap with Indonesia against Malaysia in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, Indonesia went on to win the match 5–1.
Indonesian's goal tally first.
- In the second round of Liga Indonesia in 2004, Gonzáles hit the Persita Tangerang manager at Benteng Stadium. He was sentenced to a one-year suspension by PSSI, but was playing again after six months.
- In the final round of Liga Indonesia in 2006, Gonzáles headbutted PSIS Semarang striker, Emanuel De Porras. He was sentenced to as much as a three games suspension, but this was never enforced.
- In 2007, he spat at the referee, Hidayat in match between Persik Kediri and Pelita Jaya. He was sentenced to as many as three games for it, but this was never enforced.
- In the round of eight in the Indoensian league in 2007, he fought with Persija Jakarta defender, Abanda Herman. He was suspended for three games but this was never enforced.
- In November 2008, PSSI Komdis sentenced Gonzales to a 1-year ban for hitting defender PSMS Medan, Erwinsyah Hasibuan. He appealed to PSSI, but the appeal was rejected, and the Appeal Commission strengthen sanctions given by the Disciplinary Commission. But in February 2009 he was declared free to play for Persib Bandung after PSSI chairman Nurdin Halid gave him remission.
Gonzáles, when he was a Christian,he married Eva Nurida Siregar, an Indonesian Muslim in Uruguay in 1995. From his marriage with Siregar, Gonzáles has two children (Amanda and Michael). He also has two children from a previous marriage (Fernando and Florencia). Gonzáles converted to Islam in 2003 and took the Islamic name Mustafa Habibi.
He has also appeared in Islam KTP (a serial television) with his wife and daughter Amanda.
He is one of the most lethal strikers in the history of the Indonesian football competition. His ability to kick, head, score, and in positioning and game vision are renowned, and he has a strong physique.
When playing in Uruguay, he was an attacking midfielder. He was not at his best before finally moving to Indonesia and joining PSM Makassar as a striker. Since then he has proved his quality as a powerful striker.
Cristian Gonzales is a popular figure among Indonesians and has starred in commercials speaking Bahasa Indonesia.
In 2006, he was the most expensive player in the Liga Indonesia according to the data from the Indonesian Football Association at Rp 1.2 billion
On 21 November 2010 Cristian Gonzales debuted as a member of Indonesia's national football team in a game against Timor Leste scoring two goals, and has now joined Indonesia's core national football team in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.
- Persik Kediri
- Liga Indonesia Top Scorer (3): 2005, 2006, 2007–08
- Indonesia Super League Top Scorer (1): 2008–09
- Piala Indonesia Top Scorer (1): 2010
|Country||Club||Season||League||Piala Indonesia||Inter Island Cup||Others||Total|
|Persisam Putra Samarinda||2011–2012||32||18||-||2||0||0||0||34||18|
|Arema Indonesia (ISL)||2013||32||18||0||0||1||0||2||3||35||21|
- Cristian Gonzáles at National-Football-Teams.com