Ricky at Internazionale in 2011
|Full name||Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez|
|Date of birth||12 April 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 3 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
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. 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 € 12.8 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 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.
On 18 August 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 played Álvarez another Friendly match against Nigeria. He made another appearance in the 2014 World Cup qualification match 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|