A first team regular at Inter Milan, Alvaro Pereira is testimony to the determination and sacrifice required to succeed as a footballer.
The Montevideo native is a tireless presence on the left wing, able to play either in midfield or at full back. Pereira came through the ranks at the unfashionable Miramar Misiones, making his debut in 2004 before joining Argentinian side Quilmes, with whom he was relegated.
He initially made a name for himself at Argentinos Juniors after demonstrating the potency of his left foot, finishing as the team’s top scorer with seven goals in the 2007 Apertura.
A move to Romania followed and thanks to some superb displays in the UEFA Champions League, both Porto and national team coach Oscar Tabarez came knocking, with the latter handing him his international debut for La Celeste.
Since starting against Paraguay in 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying in 2009, Pereira has rarely been out of the side. He began five matches, scoring once, at the game’s showpiece international tournament and netted a further two goals from six outings at the Copa America.
At present, Pereira has played more minutes during Brazil 2014 qualifying than any of his other compatriots.