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Enzo Pérez is a professional footballer who represents the national team of Argentina, and is also associated with River Plate, a club based in Argentina. He plays as a central midfielder for his teams.
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Enzo represented Benfica for four remarkable years, during which he helped his team lift five trophies, including the notable domestic treble of 2013–14, and in reaching the finals of UEFA Europa League twice, back to back.
Pérez started his youth career in Deportivo Maipú, staying associated with them from 1996 to and and began playing professionally with Godoy Cruz. His name went down the history of the club as he scored a goal in the fifth minute in a 1–1 tie with Belgrano in September 2006. It was the club’s first goal ever in Argentina’s first division. He amassed a total of 12 goals with the club, most of which were penalty shots. In 2007, Pérez signed with Estudiantes de La Plata, and his team ended the Copa Sudamericana 2008 in the second place. He was also a regular in the squad that earned the Copa Libertadores title in 2009.
In June 2011, Pérez Benfica by signing a contract of five years, and it was rumoured that Benfica paid Estudiantes a fee of €5.5 million for his full rights. Enzo had a severe knee injury in the qualifiers of Champions League, and he went back to Estudiantes on loan for six months in February 2012. In July 2012, Pérez scored a Eusébio Cup goal from a long range against Real Madrid and helped gain a 5–2 win. In the 2012–13 season, Pérez proved himself to be a successful central midfielder and assumed a central role in the club.
In 2013–14, his influence became greater after the departure of Matić to Chelsea in January 2014, as he became an important player in the domestic treble of the team, including Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga wins, as well as in the team’s second back-to-back Europa League Final. Enzo was absent from the eventual loss of 4-2 in the final on penalties to Sevilla, as he was kept out of the semi-final with Juventus in May 2014. His displays gained attention of various clubs. He was touted as the brain of his team, and someone who was difficult to replace, by coach Jorge Jesus. In July 2014, he became the Player of the Year. In 2014–15 season, Pérez helped in earning Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira. His team won thus all Portuguese titles in 2014.
In January 2015, Enzo joined the Spanish League with Valencia CF. His transfer fee was €25 million, which is the tenth-highest fee for any Argentina footballer. In January, he made his debut for Valencia in a 2-1 La Liga victory over Real Madrid.
On 29 June 2017, Pérez joined for River Plate in June 2017. He has so far made 3 goals in 21 appearances for his new team.
Pérez debuted with the senior team of Argentina in September 2009, with one of the greatest footballers Diego Maradona as the manager of the team at that time. His first appearance was in a friendly with Ghana, which ended in a 2–0 win for his team. In June 2014, coach Alejandro Sabella called him up for the World Cup 2014. In the quarter-finals, Enzo’s displays helped him earn a place in the semi-final, and then he was also seen final against Germany, in which Argentina had a 1–0 loss.
Enzo was born to Carlos Pérez and Miriam Ortega in Maipú in the province of Mendoza in Argentina. His father was also a footballer who represented Deportivo Maipú, a club based in his birthtown, where Enzo began his youth career.
The current market value of Enzo Pérez is £5.4 million. This is a gradual drop from his highest market value of £22.5 million, which he reached in 2015.
Enzo’s contributions to his teams have been recognized with individual awards that include the O Jogo Team of the Year in 2013 and the Primeira Liga Player of the Year in 2013–14.