An established top-flight performer for some time now, Juventus and Uruguay defender Martin Caceres may not yet be at his peak. Whatever the case may be, the versatile centre-back, who is also able to turn out at full-back or even as a defensive midfielder, is endowed with excellent technique, vast reserves of character and fearsome aerial prowess.

 

Now 23, the player’s Uruguayan top-flight debut came back in 2006 with humble outfit Defensor Sporting, but his big opportunity came after excelling at the South American U-20 Championship in 2007, whereupon he was snapped up by Spain’s Villarreal.

 

Promptly loaned out to fellow La Liga side Recreativo Huelva, Caceres performed so well that, after also featuring in all four of Uruguay’s games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, Oscar Tabarez soon handed him his senior debut for La Celeste.

 

Selected as part of La Liga’s equipo revelación for 2007/08 and earning a switch to FC Barcelona, Caceres was busy at international level becoming an important component of Uruguay’s backline in 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying.

 

And though he only made two appearances at South Africa 2010, Caceres was a member of the Uruguay squad that won the 2011 Copa America and is rarely overlooked by Tabarez.