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Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez

Ricky Álvarez
Argentina5(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013

Ricardo 'Ricky' Gabriel Álvarez (born 12 April 1988), is an Argentine footballer who plays for Serie A club Internazionale. He is a left-footed attacking midfielder.

Club career

Early career

As a kid, Ricky played papi fut for Caballito Juniors and Club Parque, and then had a brief stay in Boca Juniors' youth divisions.[1]

Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield

Ricky played his first professional game with Vélez Sársfield in 2008. Following his debut, he suffered a knee cruciate ligament injury that stalled his progression on the first team.[2] He then was part of the 2009 Clausura winning squad, playing only 18 minutes in the 1–0 victory over Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy.[3]

The midfielder's breakthrough with the team finally came during the 2010 Clausura, in which Vélez, forced by the tight fixture of the Copa Libertadores, played mostly with substitutes. He scored his first goal in a 1–2 defeat to River Plate at the Estadio Monumental[4] and received his first red card from referee Javier Collado in Vélez' 1–3 defeat to Racing, for complaining about a yellow card. He totalled 11 matches during the tournament (4 as a starter), and 1 goal.[5]

Álvarez then played 15 games (2 starts) during Vélez' runner-up 2010 Apertura campaign.[6] He also scored his second professional goal in his team's 1–0 home victory over Lanús for the 14th fixture.[7]

During the first semester of 2011, Álvarez got significant fan and media praise for his league and Copa Libertadores' games. He also showed versatility by playing all the positions of the midfield.[1] During that semester, he helped his team win the 2011 Clausura and reach the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.

Internazionale

On 5 July 2011, Álvarez joined Italian club Inter for a € 12.8 million fee, for 90% of his transfer rights.[8][9] He debuted officially for his club in the 2011 Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Milan. Under the coaching of Claudio Ranieri, Álvarez began to establish himself in the team as he show he can play as a trequartista. His first official goal for Inter came against Trabzonspor on November 22, 2011 after a neat one-two with international teammate Diego Milito. He scored again in his side's 4–1 victory over Lecce, a tap in from a well worked cross by Yuto Nagatomo.

He scored his first goal for Inter in 2013 against Catania in a 2-3 comeback for the Nerazzurri. He scored two goals on 7 April against Atalanta, Inter lost 3-4 on San Siro. 10 Days later in a Coppa Italia match he scored again on San Siro against Roma, Inter lost the match 2-3. On 5 May Álvarez scored from a penalty kick against Napoli on Stadio San Paolo, the match ended 3-1 for Napoli. Alvarez scored his 10th goal for Inter three days later against Lazio and missed a penalty kick on San Siro, Inter lost 1-3.

International career

On August 18, 2011, Álvarez was called for the first time to the Argentina national football team.[10] He made his debut on 2 September 2011 against Venezuela in Friendly match. Four days later played Álvarez another Friendly match against Nigeria. He made another appearance in the 2014 World Cup qualification match against Bolivia.


International appearances and goals

Career statistics

Club

As of 3 November 2013
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Vélez Sársfield 2007–08 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
2008–09 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
2009–10 11 1 - 0 0 0 1 0 - 12 1 -
2010–11 29 4 4 0 0 0 11 1 - 40 5 -
Inter Milan 2011-12 21 2 6 3 0 0 5 1 1 29 3 7
2012-13 23 5 2 3 1 0 4 1 2 30 7 3
2013-14 10 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 4 5
Total 54 11 12 11 1 0 9 2 3 70 14 15
Career total 95 16 12 7 1 0 21 3 3 124 20 16

Honours

Vélez Sársfield

References

External links

  • Profile at Vélez Sársfield's official website (Spanish)
  • Argentine Primera statistics at Fútbol XXI (Spanish)
  • Statistics at BDFA (Spanish)


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