Cristian Darío Álvarez
Álvarez in action for Espanyol in 2009
|Full name||Cristian Darío Álvarez|
|Date of birth||13 November 1985|
|Place of birth||General Lagos, Argentina|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Cerro Porteño (loan from San Lorenzo)|
|2014–2015||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||17||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Cerro Porteño (loan)||22||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2016.
Born in General Lagos, Santa Fe, Álvarez came through the youth ranks at hometown side Rosario Central, making his first-team debuts in a Copa Libertadores game against Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño on 23 February 2006, a 0–2 home loss. He went on to fully establish himself as the club's first-choice, playing two seasons in the first division.
In late May 2008, Álvarez joined Spanish team RCD Espanyol, signing a five-year contract. He spent most of his spell with the Catalans restricted to Copa del Rey matches, being barred in La Liga by Cameroonian Carlos Kameni: his longest run in the latter competition came during the 2009–10 season as the starter had been selected to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and he played four matches, conceding as many goals in two wins, one draw and one loss.
- San Lorenzo
- Cristian Álvarez: "No me considero un suplente" (Cristian Álvarez: "I don't see myself as a backup"); Marca, 27 May 2008 (in Spanish)