Álvarez at Internazionale in 2011
|Full name||Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez|
|Date of birth||April 12, 1988|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:17, 28 September 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Álvarez 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. 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.
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 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.
Álvarez then played 15 games (2 starts) during Vélez' runner-up 2010 Apertura campaign. He also scored his second professional goal in his team's 1–0 home victory over Lanús for the 14th fixture.
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. During that semester, he helped his team win the 2011 Clausura and reach the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
On 5 July 2011, Álvarez joined Italian club Inter for a € 5.5 million fee, for 90% of his transfer rights. 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 2-3 comeback for Nerazurri. He scored again in 7 April double goals against Atalanta, Inter loss 3-4 in San Siro. 10 Days later in Coppa Italia he scored again in San Siro vs Roma, Inter loss match 2-3. On 5 May Álvarez scored from penallty kick against Napoli in Stadio San Paolo. The Match end 3-1 for Napoli. Alvarez scored three days later his 10th goal for Inter against Lazio and lose a penallty kick in San Siro, Inter lose 1-3.
On August 18, 2011, Álvarez was called for the first time to the Argentina national football team. He made his debut on 2 September 2011 against Venezuela in Friendly match. Four days later Álvarez playing another Friendly match against Nigeria. He made his first 2014 World Cup qualification against Bolivia
|1.||September 2, 2011||Kolkata, India||Venezuela||1–0||0||Win||Friendly|
|2.||September 6, 2011||Dhaka, Bangladesh||Nigeria||3–1||0||Win||Friendly|
|3.||November 11, 2011||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Bolivia||1–1||0||Draw||2014 World Cup qualification|
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