Roberto Palacios

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Roberto Palacios
Personal information
Full name Roberto Carlos Palacios Mestas
Date of birth (1972-12-28) December 28, 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Sporting Cristal 208 (62)
1997 Puebla 13 (0)
1997 Cruzeiro 6 (2)
1998–2001 Tecos UAG 104 (16)
2001–2002 Sporting Cristal 37 (7)
2002 Tecos UAG 16 (5)
2003 Morelia 22 (3)
2003 Atlas 15 (1)
2004 Morelia 17 (0)
2004 Deportivo Cali 16 (4)
2005–2006 LDU Quito 82 (22)
2007–2012 Sporting Cristal 144 (16)
Total 680 (138)
National team
1992 Peru U-23 1 (0)
1992–2012 Peru 128 (19)
Teams managed
2017 Miguel Grau de Abancay
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 July 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2009

Roberto Carlos Palacios Mestas (born December 28, 1972) is a Peruvian retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Palacios is Peru's record cap holder and played most of his career for Sporting Cristal, which was the team he started his career and later retired with at the end of the 2011 season.

Early life[edit]

Roberto Palacios grew up in the Chorrillos District in Lima. Palacios was introduced to soccer at an early age by his soccer-loving dad, and he played on regional teams in his early years[citation needed].

Club career[edit]

Palacios became a player of Sporting Cristal, where he played in his youth. Palacios made his debut with Sporting Cristal in 1991, when his team faced Deportivo Municipal in late October 1991. Palacios then scored his first goal in the following week against Universitario de Deportes. Palacios was a successful player, and scored many goals for both his clubs and the National Team.

He is nicknamed "El Chorrillano" or "Chorri". He was regarded, at his peak, by some as one of the best Peruvian players of the 90's. In Peru, Palacios has only played for one club, Sporting Cristal. Outside of Peru he has played for several clubs such as Puebla F.C. (Mexico), Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (Brasil), Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (Mexico), Monarcas Morelia (Mexico), Deportivo Cali (Colombia) and Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito from Ecuador. While playing for LDU Quito, "Chorri" was involved in a fight[1] and got suspended. This was caused because he scored a chalaca goal.

International career[edit]

"Chorri" was well known for his amazing 'chorrigolazos' (for his ability to surprise top goalkeepers by scoring from far away despite his small size) which nearly took Peru to the last 3 FIFA World Cups. Palacios had a long run with the Peru national football team that resulted in a record 128 caps and 19 goals for his country. He retired from the Peruvian National squad on May 25, 2012.

Outside football[edit]

Roberto Palacios and his father were part of the Million Man March.

Palacios is also a children's activist. He frequently works with UNICEF to help feed the poor children of Africa, and sometimes even by flying over and donating football gear and accessories. He recently donated a fair share of money to the UNEP to help the people of Haiti in the wake of the tragic 2010 earthquake.



Sporting Cristal
LDU Quito


Peru national team


  • Peruvian Player on the Year: 1994, 1995, 1996


  1. ^ "Barcelona vs liga puñetiza", YouTube. Retrieved 20 January 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jorge Soto
Sporting Cristal captain
Succeeded by
Erick Delgado