Player profile

Sebastian Leto

Sebastian Leto

Birthdate: 30 August 1986
Birthplace: Alejandro Korn, Argentina
Other clubs: Lanús (2005-07), Olympiacos (loan 2008-09), Panathinaikos (2009-13), Catania (2013-15), Lanus (loan 2015-16), Panathinaikos/2 (2016-)
Bought from: Lanús
Signed for LFC: £1.8m, 01.07.2007
Liverpool debut: 28.08.2007
Last appearance: 31.10.2007
Contract expiry: 01.07.2009
Win ratio: 75% W:3 D:0 L:1
LFC league games/goals: 0 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 4 / 0

Player profile

Attacking midfielder Leto was sold to Liverpool in the January transfer window in 2007, but played on at Argentinian Lanús until he officially joined Liverpool on 1 July. The young Argentinian appeared in four competitive matches in Liverpool's first team during the 2007/08 season. His debut came in the away leg of the Champions League qualifier in Toulouse. A month later he played the full 90 minutes of the League Cup win at Reading. He also featured from the start against Cardiff in the League Cup and Marseille in the Champions League but was substituted on both occasions, as indeed he had been at Toulouse. Liverpool were denied a work permit for him in the summer of 2008 and he agreed to a two-year loan at Greek side, Olympiacos. Halfway through his loan period there was interest from another Athens club in Panathinaikos. This led to the player making a permanent move away from Liverpool on 1 July 2009 with the fee believed to be around £3 million. That was good business for Liverpool as Leto had cost them less than £2 million two years earlier. Leto, who made no impact in England, became an instant hero in Greece when he scored the winning goal in the 2010 cup final for Panathinaikos against Aris Thessaloniki. His club also won the Greek championship. This was the second time that Leto had been part of a club that did the Greek League and Cup double because he had achieved the same feat when on loan from Liverpool at Olympiacos in 2009.

After two average seasons for Panathinaikos he excelled in the 2011/12 season and scored no less than 15 goals in 17 league matches. At the height of his powers he injured his knee in January and missed the rest of the season when Panathiniakos finished runners-up to Olympiacos. He terminated his contract with Panathinaikos in January 2013 after he had still not recovered from his injury. A statement released by Panathinaikos said: “Seba’s talent, his contribution to the team, his passion and the bond he formed with the fans has earned him a special place in the history and the heart of the club.”

After recovering from injury Leto joined Serie A side Catania,  playing in 26 Serie A matches in 2013/14 scoring three times (against Torino, Atalanta and Sampsoria). The Sicilian club was relegated after finishing 3rd from bottom with only 32 points from 38 matches and with the club struggling financially the following season he was loaned to Argentine side Lanus in January 2015. After a year in his homeland he returned to Siciliy, by which time Catania were in the third tier and he was given a free transfer, rejoining Panathinaikos where he scored a respectable five goals from twelve appearances in the rest of the 2015-16 season. 

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 0 2 2 0 4
2007-2008 0 0 2 2 0 4

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
1 Cardiff City
1 Marseille
1 Toulouse
1 Reading
Total Started/substitutions
4 Started
0 On the bench
0 Substitute
3 Substituted
Total Competition
2 Champions League
2 League Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 28.08.2007 Toulouse Anfield Europe

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Lanus 2005-2006 Argentina 1 5 0 5 0
Lanús 2006-2007 Argentina 1 29 3 29 3
Olympiakos 2008-2009 Greece 1 24 1 32 1
Panathinaikos 2009-2010 Greece 1 25 6 38 7
Panathinaikos 2010-2011 Greece 1 22 2 31 2
Panathinaikos 2011-2012 Greece 1 17 15 22 16
Panathinaikos 2012-2013 Greece 1 0 0 0 0
Catania 2013-2014 Italy 1 27 3 29 3
Catania 2014-2015 Italy 2 14 2 14 2
Lanus 2015-2016 Argentina 1 4 0 7 0
Panathinaikos 2015-2016 Greece 1 12 5 12 5
Total 179 37 219 39
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