|Full name||Rolando David Zárate Riga|
|Date of birth||6 August 1978|
|Place of birth||Haedo, Argentina|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1998||→ Terrassa (loan)||2||(0)|
|1999–2000||→ Real Madrid B (loan)||33||(21)|
|1999–2000||→ Real Madrid (loan)||6||(1)|
|2001||→ Murcia (loan)||21||(6)|
|2001–2002||→ Ciudad Murcia (loan)||34||(12)|
|2002–2003||→ Livingston (loan)||33||(9)|
|2004||→ Ittihad FC (loan)||1||(0)|
|2011–2012||Defensa y Justicia||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Haedo, Buenos Aires Province, Zárate played most of his career for Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield, representing the club in two different spells. He made his professional debuts in 1997, playing in only 17 top division games in his first two seasons combined.
In 1998 Zárate moved to Spain, going on to remain in that country for the following four years, always on loan: he started out at Terrassa FC in the third level, joining Real Madrid Castilla in the same category the following year. His impressive scoring form prompted Real Madrid boss Vicente del Bosque to promote him to the main squad, and he scored in all three official competitions he appeared for the club (La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League); between 2001 and 2002 he represented Ciudad de Murcia and its neighbours Real Murcia, respectively in divisions three and two.
Zárate played with Livingston in the 2002–03 season, still owned by Vélez. He netted twice on his debut in the Scottish Premier League, a 3–2 home win against Motherwell, and eventually proved instrumental as the Livi Lions retained their division status.
Zárate's last loan would be with Ittihad FC in Saudi Arabia. Again with Vélez, scored 13 times in the 2004 Clausura Tournament, adding eight in the following year's Apertura. In the subsequent Clausura, Roly netted seven goals as his team won the national championship for the first time in seven years.
In the following years Zárate played in Mexico for two teams, also representing Club Atlético River Plate without any impact. On 25 July 2009 he re-signed with Vélez on a free transfer, after a period of trial, from Ecuatorian club Barcelona Sporting Club, but was released during that year due to injury to his spinal cord; he returned to training in early 2010 and, eventually, signed a new one-year deal.
For the 2010–11 campaign 32-year-old Zárate joined Club Atlético Huracán in the top division, on a free transfer. At the end of the season, Huracán was tied with Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata for the second-to-last position in the relegation ranking, and thus needed to play a tiebreaker, losing it 0–2.
|1||4 February 2005||Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Mexico||0–1||1–1||Friendly|
- Vélez Sársfield
- Real Madrid
- Livi chase four signings; BBC Sport, 15 July 2002
- Livi hold off Well comeback; BBC Sport, 3 August 2002
- "El Roly Zárate jugará en Huracán" [Roly Zárate will play in Huracán] (in Spanish). Clarín. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Rolando Zárate – FIFA competition record
- "Extorsionan a una familia de futbolistas y les balean una casa" [A family of footballers is extorsioned and has house shot at] (in Spanish). Clarín. 8 October 2006.
- Vélez Sarsfield official profile (Spanish)
- Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
- BDFA profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Rolando Zárate at National-Football-Teams.com