Mario Gaspar Pérez
Mario in training with Villarreal
|Full name||Mario Gaspar Pérez Martínez|
|Date of birth||24 November 1990|
|Place of birth||Novelda, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
Born in Novelda, Alicante, Valencian Community, Mario played youth football for Villarreal CF. On 15 March 2009, aged just 18, he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, in a game against Atlético Madrid: he replaced Giuseppe Rossi with roughly 25 minutes to play, with the score at 2–1, but the Yellow Submarine eventually lost 2–3 away.
Mario spent the entire 2009–10 season with the reserves, starting in all 31 games he appeared in as the team easily retained its newly found Segunda División status. He was definitely promoted to the main squad midway through the following campaign, following Ángel López's severe knee injury, being also propelled to the starting XI.
- El fútbol fue justo con el Atlético (Football was fair to Atlético); Marca, 15 March 2009 (Spanish)
- Cani inspires Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 15 January 2011