Luis Gabriel Rey
|Full name||Luis Gabriel Rey Villamizar|
|Date of birth||February 20, 1980|
|Place of birth||Bucaramanga, Colombia|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Chiapas (loan)||54||(24)|
|2015||→ Puebla (loan)||35||(12)|
|2016–2017||→ Morelia (loan)||33||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 October 2016|
A classical left-footed striker, Rey arrived to Mexico in 2001 and has scored over 150 goals in Liga MX. He holds Mexican citizenship. Nicknamed in Mexico as El Canguro (Spanish for kangaroo) due to his goal celebrations, he was part of the Colombia national team and played the Copa América 2007.
Rey debuted in 2000 with Atlético Bucaramanga, where he remained for one year, moved to Mexico and was transferred to Segundo Division clubs such as Lobos BUAP, Zitacuaro, and Acapulco; eventually he switched to Atlante FC.
While at the club, he reaped great success as goalscorer, winning the league's Gold Boot, achieved in the 2003 Apertura, becoming the first Colombian to win that distinction in Mexico soccer. In his first stint with Atlante, Rey scored 43 goals in 76 appearances.
In 2005, Rey signed with Monarcas Morelia where he managed to score 26 goals in 88 appearances from 2005 to 2007.
For the Apertura 2007, Rey was purchased by recently crowned champions Pachuca, along with Rafael Márquez Lugo, in a trade for Luis Angel Landin. Rey scored a three goals against Tigres UANL. Rey returned to Atlante to play the Apertura 2008, after scoring five goals in 34 matches.
Return to Morelia
During the 2009 Draft it was announced that Rey would return to Monarcas Morelia. While in preseason with the club in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Rey picked up an injury that would prevent him from playing the first match of the season. He would not reappeared until matchday six, against Atlas and score his first goal against UANL. In November 2009 Rey would score what he considers "the best goal of his career" against Club Deportivo Guadalajara at the Estadio Morelos. After a cross from teammate Jaime Duran, Rey attempted a successful bicycle-kick which beat goalkeeper Luis Ernesto Michel.
Jaguares de Chiapas
For the Apertura 2011, Rey was transferred to Jaguares de Chiapas, club in which he scored his 100th goal in the Mexican top-flight in the first match of the tournament against Monterrey. Appearing in over 70 matches and scoring 33 goals, Rey is one of the top goal-scorers in the club's history.
Puebla signed Rey in a season-long loan deal from Club América. Rey played a total of 38 games between Liga MX and the Copa MX, having scored a total of 11 goals in both competitions. At the end of the Apertura 2015 he returned with Club América.
Back on loan to Monarcas Morelia
On 9 December 2015, Monarcas Morelia announced that they had reached an agreement with Club América for the loan of Luis Gabriel Rey.
|1||March 2004||RFK Memorial Stadium, Estados Unidos||El Salvador||1-0||2-0||Friendly|
|2||April 2005||Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Colombia||Peru||1-0||5-0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)|
|3||October 2005||Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Colombia||Chile||1-0||1-1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)|
|4||October 2005||Defensores del Chaco, Paraguay||Paraguay||1-0||1-0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)|
- Mexican Primera División top scorer: Apertura 2003