Birth date 8 Jun 1984 (35 years)
Nationality Uruguay Uruguay
Height 173 cm
Position Defender
Nickname Maxi
Number 2
Team history
Benfica 2007 - present
FC Porto 2015 - present
Uruguay 2014 - present
Defensor Sporting 2002 - 2007

Maximiliano PereiraMaximiliano Pereira> full name is Victorio Maximiliano Pereira Páez and he was born in 1984 in Montevideo. A Uruguayan football player, Maxi plays for S.L. Benfica team in the Portuguese first division. He also plays for the Uruguay national football team. So far, he made 44 international caps and scored 1 international goal. His debut in international match was in 2005 against Mexico national football team.

This right back and also a wingback athlete occasionally plays as a midfielder. He has played international matches since 2005 and became a regular player for the country after a friendly match in Mexico. He even represented the team at the Copa America in 2007. Later on, he was selected for the men squad in FIFA World Cup in 2010 in South Africa.

As an 18 year old, Pereira started to play football professionally for Defensor Sporting in 2002-03 season. He made up his image in the team and played a crucial part along with Alvaro Gonzalez. He made his career best of 16 goals in the first division in 2005. Post 2006-07, he got shifted to Boca Juniors. The Lisbon side signed him for 3 million Euros and 70% of his rights.

During his first season itself, Maximiliano played as a right midfielder. However, due to his lack of pace and speed, the match was seriously affected. But, irrespective of all this, he played in two consecutive home matches in 2007 in a 6-1 league match of Boavista FC and also in the Champions League 1-1 tie match against A.C. Milan, where he scored with his left foot.

Next year, Pereira switched to right back position after Nelson Marcos got moved to Real Betis and thus Pereira was the all time present fixture during the Reds campaign.

Career Highlights

Pereira won the Portuguese League in 2009-10 and the Portuguese League cup in 2008-09 and in 2009-10.

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