|Full name||Cristian Miguel Riveros Núñez|
|Date of birth||October 16, 1982|
|Place of birth||Juan Augusto Saldívar, Paraguay|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2002||→ Sportivo San Lorenzo (loan)||24||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Kayserispor (loan)||33||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Cristian Miguel Riveros Núñez (born 16 October 1982) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Olimpia Asunción in the Primera División Paraguaya and the Paraguay national football team as a defensive midfielder. A full international for Paraguay since 2005, he earned 85 caps for his country, playing at two Copa América and two FIFA World Cup.
Riveros started his career with local side Cristobal Colón in his hometown of Juan Augusto Saldivar and then moved to other Paraguayan teams such as San Lorenzo and Tacuary before playing for Libertad.
On 11 May 2010, Riveros signed for Sunderland of the English Premier League on a three-year-deal, saying "The league is very competitive and I look forward to being very successful with Sunderland. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Sunderland are a very big club with many passionate supporters. I look forward to meeting them."
He made his Premier League debut on 14 August 2010 as a 63rd-minute substitute for Steed Malbranque in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City in the opening game of the season. However, Riveros quickly fell out of favour and played just 14 league games for, the club, scoring his only goal on the final day of the season in a 3–0 win over West Ham United.
On 7 June 2013, Cristian joined Grêmio, signing a two-year contract.
In January 2015 after long and exhausting negotiations, it was announced that Grêmio and Club Olimpia Asunción had reached an agreement to sign Cristian Riveros for the 2015 Paraguayan Primera División season.
Riveros played in Paraguay's first two matches at the 2006 World Cup and played efficiently on the left wing. He picked up his first international goal for Paraguay in a 3–2 defeat to Chile. He also played for Paraguay in the Copa América 2007.
2010 FIFA World Cup
On 20 June 2010 at the World Cup, Riveros scored a second goal in a 2–0 win over Slovakia, which was set up by former Sunderland defender Paulo Da Silva. Riveros scored a penalty in Paraguay's shoot-out win against Japan in the Round of 16 stage, after the match finished goalless after extra time.
- Scores and results list Paraguay's goal tally first.
|1.||15 November 2006||Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile||Chile||?||3–2||Friendly|
|2.||9 September 2007||Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela||Venezuela||1–0||2–3||Friendly|
|4.||17 November 2007||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Ecuador||2–0||5–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||20 August 2008||Centre sportif de Colovray Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland||Saudi Arabia||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|7.||9 September 2008||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Venezuela||1–0||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||11 February 2009||Estadio Alejandro Villanueva, Lima, Peru||Peru||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|9.||20 June 2010||Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa||Slovakia||2–0||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|10.||11 August 2010||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Costa Rica||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|11.||17 November 2010||Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong||Hong Kong||7–0||7–0||Friendly|
|12.||26 March 2011||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, United States||Mexico||1–3||1–3||Friendly|
|13.||13 July 2011||Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina||Venezuela||3–1||3–3||2011 Copa América|
|14.||11 November 2011||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Ecuador||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15.||9 June 2012||Estadio Hernando Siles La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia||1–3||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- As of 27 December 2014.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Cruz Azul||2008-09||Liga MX||37||5||0||0||0||0||8||2||0||0||45||7|
|Kayserispor (loan)||2011-12||Süper Lig||33||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||1||40||3|
- Transfer to Cruz Azul (Spanish)
- "Sunderland sign Cruz Azul midfielder Cristian Riveros". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- Whyatt, Chris (14 August 2010). "Sunderland 2 - 2 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- Darling, Kevin (22 May 2011). "West Ham 0-3 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Paraguay name their 30-man preliminary World Cup squad". BBC Sport (BBC). 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- "Da Silva and Riveros make the cut". safc.com (Sunderland A.F.C.). 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- "Cristian Riveros". Soccerway.
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