|Full name||Santos Noel Rivera Ayala|
|Date of birth||April 8, 1974|
|Place of birth||San Luis de la Reina, El Salvador|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rivera started his career at Salvadoran second division side Santiagueño and moved to Premier Division outfit ADET in 1993. After six years there, he joined Municipal Limeño for another four years before he finally moved to one of the country's top teams for a short spell at Águila. He returned to Águila after another short stint at FAS. He did not win a league title during his playing career and retired from the game in 2009 to become goalkeeper coach of Águila.
Nicknamed el Negro, Rivera made his debut for El Salvador in a November 1995 friendly match against Yugoslavia when he came on as a substitute for Raúl Antonio García. He has earned a total of 22 caps, scoring no goals. He has represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 2005 UNCAF Nations Cup, as well as at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cups.
In May 2010 Rivera left his position of goalkeeper coach of Águila to become coach of the Águila reserves but in summer 2011, he was dismissed despite his contract running until 2015. In October 2011 he was named as successor to Luis Ramírez Zapata at the Department of Culture and Sports of the San Miguel mayorship.
- Profile - El Gráfico (Spanish)
- Santos Rivera: “Me queda esa espinita” - La Prensa Gráfica (Spanish)
- Santos Rivera – FIFA competition record
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2005 - Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1998 - Full Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2002 - Full Details - RSSSF
- Águila sacude el nido - El Mundo (Spanish)
- Santos Rivera demandó al Águila - El Gráfico (Spanish)
- El “Pelé” Zapata denuncia despido injustificado en PGR - La Prensa Gráfica (Spanish)