Mario Alberto Yepes Diaz is a Colombian football player, currently playing for Serie A team Chievo Verona as a central defender.
When Mario Yepes started his playing career in 1995 with Cortulua, he was playing as a forward before Cortulua's coach converted him to a libero (sweeper). His career really took off after he signed for his home town club Deportivo Cali in 1998. He won two Colombian championships with Deportivo Cali. Then Yepes started to become well-known in his country and also abroad.
In 1999, he joined River Plate in Argentina, where he became a star and won two Argentine Primera championships. In spite of the fact that several Italian and English clubs wanted to recruit him, he signed for FC Nantes Atlantique in January 2002 where his nickname was El Rey. He became one the best central defenders of the French first division and joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2004, where his nickname is "Super Mario" as a reference to his great defensive abilities.
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