Ariel Zárate

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Ariel Zárate
Personal information
Full name Ariel Silvio Zárate Riga
Date of birth (1973-07-13) 13 July 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Toluca 9 (0)
1996–1997 Riccione 13 (5)
1997–1998 Cádiz 50 (13)
1998–2002 Málaga 89 (9)
2000Elche (loan) 21 (6)
2002–2003 Xerez 38 (11)
2003–2005 Elche 47 (2)
2005–2006 Deportivo Morón 34 (11)
2007 Tristán Suárez 16 (3)
2007–2011 All Boys 77 (6)
Total 394 (66)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ariel Silvio Zárate Riga (born 13 July 1973 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine retired footballer who played mainly as a attacking midfielder.

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.

Football career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Zárate has three brothers, all footballers: younger Rolando and Mauro and older Sergio, with all of them eventually representing the Argentina national team.[1]


  1. ^ "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.

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