Many players are acquired with fanfare, others are recorded as… airport transfers, but along the way defy expectations. Panathinaikos threw money, took many players and especially the Slovenian Sporar and the Brazilian Bernard. However, one is the most substantial and important transfer made by the greens. The one that raised their level and utilized players like Sotiris Alexandropoulos who were sold. Ruben Perez, the best midfielder in the league. The Spaniard with the vast experience who came and tied.
More than 12 years have passed since the day he made his debut in the Primera Division. On 15 May 2010, Perez, wearing an Atlético Madrid shirt, came on as a substitute in a match against Getafe. Hundreds of appearances in Spain’s top division followed. A Coruña, Getafe, Betis, Elche, Granada, Leganies. Everywhere star with full years.
In 2011, he was crowned European champion with Spain’s U21, having teammates De Gea, Thiago, Javi Martinez, Mata, Herrera. This player is proving to be a luxury for the Greek league and is the leader of Panathinaikos, even if he did not arrive in Greece last summer with the spotlight on him.