Sergio Ramón Ibarra
(born January 11, 1973 in Río Cuarto
, Córdoba Province
) is a football striker
Although born in Argentina, Ibarra has played during almost all of his career in Peru
, where he first moved at age 21 to join the ranks of Ciclista Lima
in the first division, in 1992.
His biggest claim to fame was in 2004 when he won the Copa Sudamericana
against River Plate
and the Recopa
against Boca Juniors
in the same year as part of Cienciano
. That same year the Argentine football magazine El Gráfico
declared that he was the Argentine player who had scored the most goals worldwide (21), one more than Carlos Tévez
, Andrés Silvera
, and Luis Bonnet
, and two more than Javier Saviola
On March 2, 2008 Ibarra broke the all time scoring record in the Peruvian league, netting his 193rd goal in a 1-0 win over Cienciano. He is the Peruvian League Top Scorer with 226 goals
Ibarra is famous for scoring many goals despite having what many consider as very limited technical abilities. He is very often the top scorer of his team.
He is nicknamed "Checho"
after the famous Ukrainian footballer Andriy Shevchenko
. The Argentinan
has obtained the Peruvian