Valmir Berisha’s loan with Panathinaikos cancelled

Remember Valmir Berisha? He was the young striker who took the U-17 World Cup by storm and was the competition’s leading scorer. Berisha, dubbed “the next Zlatan”, garnered interest from tops clubs around the world including Inter, Dortmund, and Roma. Eventually, Roma signed the youngster for €500,000 on a five year contract.

Berisha arrived to Rome and began to play with Alberto De Rossi and Roma’s Primavera, where he failed to make a important mark on the team. Berisha’s agent claimed that he needed consistency and to play more, so the Giallorossi loaned the Swedish striker to Greek club Panathinaikos for this season.

But now? Berisha’s loan with Panathinaikos is over: he did not play a single minutes for the club, not in the Europa League or in the league. It’s unknown what Berisha’s future holds. Perhaps a step down to a second-tier league is in the cards for the player, who is far from “the next Zlatan”.

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.