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Raúl Octavio Rivero Falero (born 24 January 1992) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a striker for Liga MX club Santos Laguna.

Octavio Rivero
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Rivero with Colo-Colo in 2018
Personal information
Full name Raúl Octavio Rivero Falero
Date of birth (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Treinta y Tres, Uruguay
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Santos Laguna
Number 29
Youth career
Huracán de Treinta y Tres
Defensor Sporting
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Central Español 19 (3)
2013–2014Rentistas (loan) 17 (10)
2014 O'Higgins 16 (10)
2015–2016 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 48 (12)
2016–2018 Colo-Colo 46 (19)
2018–2019 Atlas 9 (0)
2019Nacional (loan) 10 (5)
2019– Santos Laguna 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2019


Beginnings and Uruguay teamsEdit

Rivero began his playing career at local club Huracán de Treinta y Tres, where despite being a striker he also played as an attacking midfielder. In 2008, he moved to Montevideo to play for Defensor Sporting and remained on the club's youth program for four years.[1]


He joined Central Español in 2012, where his professional career began, and debuted for the first team in a game against Danubio. In his first season as a professional he played 16 games as a starter and finished the championship with three goals. For the next championship he was transferred to Rentistas and begins the most successful cycle of his career as the top scorer of the club with 10 goals and is one of the principal figures of the team finishing the season as one of the top scorers of the Uruguayan Clausura 2014 helping Rentistas qualify to the Copa Sudamericana 2014.


His great performances with Rentistas led him to sign for Chilean Champion O'Higgins in 2014, where he scored 10 goals in 16 matches, being one of the best players of the Chilean championship.[2]

Vancouver Whitecaps FCEdit

Rivero playing with the Whitecaps

Rivero's success at O'Higgins attracted the interest of Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer who signed Rivero as a young designated player on 25 December 2014.[3] He scored his first goal for the Whitecaps on his debut, against Toronto FC, giving Vancouver a 1–0 lead, but they ended up losing the game 3–1.[4] Rivero followed up on his goal with an 86th-minute winner away at Chicago Fire to earn his team a 1–0 win.[5] Rivero continued his impressive goal scoring form to start his Whitecaps career with his third goal in three games, this time another game winner deep into second half stoppage time away at Orlando City SC, again to earn his team a 1–0 win.[6] After scoring three goals in four games, Rivero was named MLS Player of the Month for the month of March 2015.[7] On 4 April, his fifth game with Vancouver, he temporarily took over the league lead in goals with four goals in five games after scoring his team's second goal in a 2–0 win over the LA Galaxy.[8] After that Rivero scored another goal against the Columbus Crew SC in a 2–2 draw earning him a league-leading five goals in six games for the Whitecaps.[9] On 6 July 2016, Rivero completed a transfer to Colo-Colo on the same day that the Chilean club's coaching staff resigned.[10][11]

Career statisticsEdit


As of 29 December 2015
Club Season League National Cup Supercopa Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
O'Higgins 2014–15[12] Primera División 16 10 2 0 18 10
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2015[12] MLS 34 10 0 0 34 10
Career total 50 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 50 20


  1. ^ "Rivero el goleador que eligio su destino" [Rivero the forward who chose his path]. (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ "O'Higgins se lleva al goleador del Clausura uruguayo" [O'Higgins Striker Takes the Uruguayan Final]. (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Whitecaps FC acquire striker Octavio Rivero from Chile's Primera Division side O'Higgins FC". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC – MLS MatchCenter". MatchCenter. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC – MLS MatchCenter". MatchCenter. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Orlando City SC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC – MLS MatchCenter". MatchCenter. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Octavio Rivero wins Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month for March". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. LA Galaxy – MLS MatchCenter". MatchCenter. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps Battle Back To Draw The Columbus Crew". MLS Multiplex. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Whitecaps announce Rivero transfer now official — but there's a weird hitch". 6 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  11. ^ Rosano, Nicholas (6 July 2016). "Vancouver Whitecaps sell forward Octavio Rivero to Chilean side Colo-Colo". Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Uruguay – O. Rivero – Perfil con noticias, estadísticas de carrera e historia – Soccerway". Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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