|Full name||Ariel Álvarez Leyva|
|Date of birth||9 May 1973|
|Place of birth||Caibarién, Cuba|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Álvarez played his entire career for local side Villa Clara, except for half a season in Germany with Bonner SC, when then Cuban leader Fidel Castro approved for the whole Cuban team to join the German 4th level side for part of the 1998/99 season.
He played at the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship and made his senior international debut for Cuba in 1995 and has earned a total of 53 caps, scoring 8 goals. He represented his country in 16 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
His final international was an August 2001 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification match against Panama.
- Scores and results list Cuba's goal tally first.
|1||25 May 1995||Estadio Quisqueya, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||Dominican Republic||2-0||3-0||1995 Caribbean Cup qualification|
|2||21 July 1995||Jarrett Park, Montego Bay, Jamaica||Jamaica||2-1||1995 Caribbean Cup|
|3||4 June 1999||Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Tunapuna–Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago||Haiti||2-1||3-1||1999 Caribbean Cup|
|4||8 June 1999||Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Tunapuna–Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago||Saint Kitts and Nevis||1-0||2-0||1999 Caribbean Cup|
|5||8 June 1999||Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Tunapuna–Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago||Saint Kitts and Nevis||2-0||2-0||1999 Caribbean Cup|
|6||10 June 1999||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Jamaica||2-0||2-0||1999 Caribbean Cup|
|7||5 March 2000||Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba||Cayman Islands||2-0||4-0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||4 April 2001||Uitvlugt Community Centre, Uitvlugt, Guyana||Dominica||1-0||3-1||2001 Caribbean Cup|
After retiring as a player, Álvarez became coach of Villa Clara.
- Cubanos en Europa - El Blog del Futbol Cubano
- FC Fidel: quel ponte immaginario tra Cuba e Bonn - Nicola Adamu ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
- The Cubans are coming - The Guardian
- "Appearances for Cuba National Team". RSSSF.
- Ariel Álvarez – FIFA competition record
- Álvarez apuesta por la reafirmación - Cuba Debate ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)