From his professional debut with Independiente of Medellín, and later during a stint with the fabled Boca Juniors club of Argentina, Luis Amaranto Perea Mosquera displayed the mettle, tenacity, and ability that would mark him as one of the all-time greats of Latin American soccer. This crafty defender, known for his speed and precise passing, is a total team player. He has enjoyed a brilliant career with Atlético Madrid and is a key piece of Colombia's National Team. A humble superstar, Perea is a favorite of teammates and fans alike. And he's admired equally for his efforts on and off the soccer field. In 2005, Perea received the prestigious "Colombiano Ejemplar" prize, awarded to persons who have helped build a better society.