Luis Roberto Alves

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Luis Roberto Alves
Zague in 2017.
Personal information
Full nameLuís Roberto Alves dos Santos Gavranić
Date of birth (1967-05-23) May 23, 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
1983–1985 Corinthians [1]
Senior career*
1985–1996 América 373 (157)
1996–1997 Atlante 30 (17)
1997–1998 América 35 (5)
1998–1999 Atlante 42 (7)
2000–2003 Necaxa 104 (23)
National team
1988–2002 Mexico 84 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luís Roberto Alves dos Santos Gavranić (born May 23, 1967), also known as Zague, is a former Mexican footballer. He is the son of José Alves "Zague".



Born to Brazilian father and Croatian mother, Alves spent his childhood in Brazil beginning his youth football career with Corinthians. [2] He returned to Mexico in 1985 and made his debut with the Mexican club América a year later.

On October 2, 2003, his testimonial game was celebrated at the Estadio Azteca where America would defeat FC Barcelona 2-0. [3]

He was a physically strong and fast striker who was regarded as the best in his prime years for both América and Mexico. He was Hugo Sánchez`s strike partner in the Mexican side who finished as runner-up in Copa América 1993, where he finished up as Mexico's top goalscorer of the tournament.

He was part of the Mexico squad for the 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup in which Mexico won the trophy and was the tournament top scorer with 11 goals which is still a CONCACAF record. Seven of those goals were scored against Martinique.

He is the 6th highest Mexico goalscorer of all time with 30 goals and 11th in the appearance records with 84 caps.

In the Primera División de México he is the 7th highest goalscorer with 209 goals.

Since 2018, Zague is an analyst for TV Azteca, alongside Luis García Postigo and Jorge Campos. [4]







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  3. "Festejo completo". (in Spanish). 2 October 2003. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  4. "La 'bomba' invernal: Zague ficha por TV Azteca". (in Spanish). 29 December 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  5. Luis Roberto Alves "Zague" - Goals in International Matches