|Full name||Ariel Silvio Zárate Riga|
|Date of birth||13 July 1973|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2000||→ Elche (loan)||21||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Only having made his debuts in the Primera División in his own country well past his 30s, he spent the vast majority of his professional career in Spain, mainly with Málaga which he represented in three full La Liga seasons.
After completing his formation at Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, Zárate began playing professionally in Mexico with Club Toluca. He then had a stint with lowly A.S.D. Riccione 1929 of Italy and spent seven years in Spain, with Cádiz CF, Málaga CF (helping the Andalusia team achieve promotion to La Liga in 1999), Elche CF and Xerez CD.
Subsequently, Zárate returned to Argentina, playing for modest clubs Club Deportivo Morón, Club Social y Deportivo Tristán Suárez and All Boys and helping the latter to the Primera B Metropolitana championship in his first season.
As All Boys returned to the Primera División in 2010 after an absence of nearly 40 years, he made his debuts in the competition in a match against Racing Club de Avellaneda, for the campaign's Apertura.
- "Extorsionan a una familia de futbolistas y les balean una casa" [A family of footballers is blackmailed and has house shot at]. Clarín (in Spanish). 8 October 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2007.