Association football player
|Birth||26 July 1988, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
Diego Perotti (born 26 July 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Italian club A.S. Roma. Mainly a winger who can play with both feet, he can also appear as an attacking midfielder.
He spent the better part of his career with Sevilla, appearing in 159 competitive games during six La Liga seasons (16 goals) and winning two major titles.
Born in Moreno, Buenos Aires of Italian ancestry on his father’s side, Perotti joined Spain’s Sevilla FC in the summer of 2007, from Club Deportivo Morón. At first he was assigned to the Andalusians’ B-team which had just won promotion to the second division, and proved instrumental as the side retained their league status.
Perotti also started with the reserves in the 2008–09 season, receiving his first-team debut on 15 February 2009 as he appeared 15 minutes in a 2–0 win at RCD Espanyol. Often competing for a berth with another graduate, Diego Capel, his first goal for the club came against Deportivo de La Coruña on 23 May, as he scored in the 90th minute of the game to guarantee a third-place La Liga finish in the league, with the subsequent return to the UEFA Champions League.
During 2009–10, Perotti won the battle with Capel and became Sevilla’s first-choice in his position, starting the campaign on a high note. On 16 March 2010, he netted against PFC CSKA Moscow for the Champions League round of 16, but the Russian team won 2–1 away and 3–2 on aggregate.
Perotti appeared in only 58 matches all competitions comprised from 2011 to 2014, mainly due to injuries. In February 2014, he was loaned to Boca Juniors in his homeland for six months.
On 2 July 2014, Perotti signed for Italian club Genoa C.F.C. after agreeing to a four-year contract. He made his competitive debut on 31 August, playing 69 minutes in a 1–2 home loss to S.S.C. Napoli.
On 1 February 2016, Perotti joined fellow Serie A side A.S. Roma on loan for €1 million, with an option to buy for another €9 million. He scored his first goal six days later, the winner in a 2–1 home win over U.C. Sampdoria; late into the month, he signed a permanent deal until June 2019.
On 9 November 2009, Perotti received his maiden call-up for the Argentine national team. He made his debut five days later, playing the last ten minutes of the 1–2 friendly loss against Spain in Madrid after having come on as a substitute for FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Perotti was named in a preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but he did not make the final cut.
Perotti’s father, Hugo, was also a footballer.
- As of match played 12 January 2020
|Deportivo Morón||2006–07||Primera B Metropolitana||34||5||—||—||34||5|
|Sevilla Atlético||2007–08||Segunda División||32||1||—||—||32||1|
|Boca Juniors||2013–14||Argentine Primera División||2||0||—||—||2||0|
- As of 23 March 2018
- Copa del Rey: 2009–10
- UEFA Europa League: 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: Runner-up 2010