Birth date 7 Nov 1973 (46 years)
Nationality Argentina Argentina
Position Forward
Nickname El Loco
Team history
Boca Juniors 2004 - 2011
Real Betis 2003 - 2004
Deportivo Alaves 2004
Villarreal 2001 - 2003
Boca Juniors 1997 - 2001
Estudiantes de La Plata 1992 - 1997

A professional football player from Argentina, Martin Palermo currently plays for Boca Juniors. ‘El Loco’ as he is popularly known, Palermo began his professional football career with Estudiantes de La Plata, where he was not very noticeable. He only gained recognition after joining his current club, noted particularly for his performance in international matches, as well as his impressive goal average.

Some other clubs that Palermo was a part of include, Villarreal FC, Deportivo Alaves and Real Betis, all in Spain. But his career highlight was scoring two goals against Real Madrid during the Intercontinental Cup, which gave Boca a 2-1 win, and catapulted Palermo into the high league of players. But unfortunately due to a number of injuries he was unable to cash in on his success, and could not accept a transfer to Lazio in Italy. The injuries further made it difficult for him to adapt to European football, when he was transferred to Spain.

When he finally returned to Boca, Palermo worked hard to regain his form of old, and was amongst the top players in the 2007 Clausura. But unfortunately, he suffered another major injury in the 2008 Apertura, when he tore another ligament, while playing against Lanus. Following this, Alfio Basile, Argentine selector revealed that Palermo had been chosen to play the following match for the World Cup qualification.

Particularly famous for scoring mostly against chief rivals River Plate, Palermo is immensely popular with fans. He has played with Argentine National team at least seven times, during which he scored three goals. Despite all this, Palermo is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for missing three penalties in a single international match. This was during the Copa America in 1999, against Colombia and almost marked an end to his international career.