|Full name Cristian Dario Alvarez|
Name Cristian Alvarez
Career start 2006
2001–2005 Rosario Central
Weight 88 kg
Height 1.86 m
|Date of birth (1985-11-13) 13 November 1985 (age 30)|
Place of birth General Lagos, Argentina
Current team Cerro Porteno (#12 / Goalkeeper)
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Cristian Darío Álvarez (born 13 November 1985) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño on loan from San Lorenzo de Almagro as a goalkeeper.
Born in General Lagos, Santa Fe, Álvarez came through the youth ranks at hometown side Rosario Central, making his first-team debuts in a Copa Libertadores game against Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño on 23 February 2006, a 0–2 home loss. He went on to fully establish himself as the club's first-choice, playing two seasons in the first division.
In late May 2008, Álvarez joined Spanish team RCD Espanyol, signing a five-year contract. He spent most of his spell with the Catalans restricted to Copa del Rey matches, being barred in La Liga by Cameroonian Carlos Kameni: his longest run in the latter competition came during the 2009–10 season as the starter had been selected to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and he played four matches, conceding as many goals in two wins, one draw and one loss.
Álvarez was promoted to first-choice for the start of the 2011–12 season by manager Mauricio Pochettino, with Kameni also still in Espanyol's roster.