Álvaro Peralta Silva Linares (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo ˈsilβa]; born 30 March 1984) is a Filipino professional footballer who plays for Thai club BG Pathum United F.C. and the Philippines national team as a central defender.
He played for clubs in Spain, Romania, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand during his senior career, notably amassing Segunda División totals of 165 matches and two goals at the service of Málaga B, Málaga, Xerez (two spells) and Cádiz.
Born in Spain, Silva represented the Philippines since 2014.
Silva was born in Andújar, Jaén. After one loan, he made his senior debut with Atlético Malagueño, appearing in two second division seasons and being relegated in the latter. His first contact with the first team came in 2006–07, also in the second level (33 games, one goal).
In 2008–09, Silva was loaned by Málaga for a second time, to another Andalusian side, Xerez CD, appearing relatively as they achieved a first-ever La Liga promotion. On 16 July 2009, he returned to Málaga, being immediately released and joining neighbours Cádiz CF in the second level for three years. A starter through most of the campaign, he suffered relegation this time.
Silva returned to division two and Xerez in the summer of 2011. After only one league appearance in the first half of the season, however, he moved abroad and penned a six-month contract with Liga I club FC Petrolul Ploiești.
In January 2013, Silva signed an 18-month deal with Khazar Lankaran FK of the Azerbaijan Premier League. He won his second piece of silverware on 23 October of that year, featuring against Neftchi Baku PFK in the Azerbaijan Supercup.
After his stint in Azerbaijan, Silva turned down offers from clubs in Israel, Qatar and Spain which included Marbella FC, in favour of Kuwaiti Premier League’s Qadsia SC. On 30 August 2016, he left Daejeon Citizen FC and began training with Indonesian club Arema Cronus F.C. who was poised to sign him pending a successful medical, but eventually, nothing came of it.
Silva joined V.League 1 side Hanoi FC on 21 December 2016, for one year.
In early 2014, Silva started work on getting his Filipino passport as his paternal grandmother was Filipino. so he would be eligible to play for the Philippines national team. By mid-June, he arrived in Manila to further process his documents.
Silva made his international debut on 31 October 2014, coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 friendly win against Nepal.
Silva was born to Spanish parents – his father being of Filipino descent– and traces his Filipino roots to Cavite and Iloilo. His younger brother, Enrique, was also a footballer.