Luis Cristaldo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cristaldo and the second or maternal family name is Ruiz Díaz.
Luis Cristaldo
Personal information
Full name Luis Héctor Cristaldo Ruiz Díaz
Date of birth (1969-08-31) August 31, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Formosa, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Tahuichi Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Oriente Petrolero ? (?)
1993–1998 Bolívar 127 (11)
1994 Textil Mandiyú (loan) 12 (0)
1998–1999 Sporting de Gijón 8 (1)
2000 Cerro Porteño 0 (0)
2001–2006 The Strongest 107 (8)
2007 Oriente Petrolero 11 (0)
2009– Guabirá
National team
1989–2005 Bolivia 93 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 17, 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luis Héctor Cristaldo Ruiz Díaz (born August 31, 1969 in Formosa, Argentina) is an Argentine-Bolivian football midfielder who currently plays for Guabirá. He holds the record for the most appearances for the Bolivian national team with 93 international matches and 5 goals between 1989 and 2005, including two appearances in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[1] Cristaldo made his international debut on September 10, 1989 in a World Cup Qualifier against Uruguay in Montevideo (2-0 loss).

Born in Argentina, he relocated to Santa Cruz, Bolivia at the age of 15. Cristaldo then began attending the prestigious Tahuichi football academy, and by the time he was 18 years-old he made his official debut in first division. He played for Bolivian teams Oriente Petrolero (1990–92) and Bolívar (1993–98), winning 4 national titles combined during those years.

In 1998, he went abroad to play for Sporting de Gijón in Spain and later with Cerro Porteño and Sol de América in Paraguay, not to mention a previous spell he had during 1994 with Argentine club Mandiyú de Corrientes and legendary Diego Maradona as the manager.

In 2001, Cristaldo returned to Bolivia and played with The Strongest for the next six years. In 2007, during his second spell with Oriente Petrolero he called it quits, laying his football career to rest permanently after seventeen years of professional football.




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