Martin Skrtel started his youth career at FC Prievidza before starting his professional career at AS Trencin in 2001. The defender played 45 games for the club between 2001-2004, notching eight goals in the process. In 2004, Skrtel moved to Russian club Zenit St Petersburg. He largely impressed during his four year spell with the team making over 100 appearances and scoring three goals.
Although not a name renowned in world football, Skrtel signed for Liverpool for £6.5 million in the 2008 January transfer window. New manager Rafael Benitez declared him as a very promising player for the future. After a shaky start which saw him perform particularly below par in the FA Cup tie against Havant and Waterlooville, Liverpool supporters have warmed to Skrtel and the defender soon became an integral part of their backline.
He began the 08/09 campaign consistently before an injury ruled him out for two months. Nevertheless, upon his return, he relegated Daniel Agger back to the bench and remains a first choice central defender alongside Jamie Carragher to date.
The defender's international career has seen him ever present in the Slovakia national team since his debut in 2004. He has made 34 appearances scoring five times in the process. His presence has helped Slovakia to be on the verge of unexpectedly qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.