Juan Cuadrado is a Colombian footballer who plays in Italy for Juventus as well as for the Colombian National team. He has played for many other clubs in the past including Chelsea FC and Fiorentina as a midfielder. Thanks to his contributions to his club and country, he was listed in the preliminary squad of Colombia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Here are things to know about him.
Juan Cuadrado Biography
It was as Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello that the star footballer was born on 26 May 1988 in the Colombian fishing village of Necocli. It was, however, in Tumaco that he was raised by his father Guillermo Cuadrado who was a truck driver, and his mother, Marcela Bello Guerrero who was a housekeeper.
Unfortunately for the footballer, his father was murdered even before he was five years old from then on, he was raised solely by his mother who hid him under the bed when armed robbers came to their home and killed his father. Consequent to this, he faced so much poverty that he had to work with his mum in a factory to make ends meet.
He began playing football since he was a little kid. As a result of his pace, his earliest position was as a striker but that would change as he progressed in his career to midfielder and wing-back.
A rather very fulfilled footballer, Juan has not been known publicly with more than a single girlfriend who is now his wife, Melissa Botero. The two met when the former Chelsea star was a player at ACF Fiorentina in 2014.
Even though they have kept a major part of their relationship secret except for the pictures they share on social media, it is known that the couple tied the knot in 2016. Their first child, a daughter was born in 2015. Her name is Lucia.
Today, his mother, his wife, and his daughter are the three most important women in the life of the very religious midfielder.
Club Football Career
Cuadrado began his club football career with Atlético Urabá’s youth club. He played there for some time before moving to Independiente Medellín where he rounded up his youth career and he gained promotion to the club’s senior team in 2008.
By 2009, he was already off to Italy to play for Udinese. After a short loan to Lecce, he moved to Fiorentina in 2012. 85 games, 20 goals, and 3 years later, he found himself heading for England to play for Chelsea FC in the English Premier League. Chelsea, however, was not to be the final destination for him as after just 13 games that saw him winning the Premier League and the Football League Cup, he was sent on loan to Juventus.
With Juve, where he would have a great career, Cuadrado had two loan spells before the club decided to make it permanent by signing him from Chelsea. Having remained with the club since 2015, he has won 3 Serie A titles and 3 Coppa Italia.
There are not too many players who get to begin playing for the senior teams of their countries directly without playing at lower levels. That was where the midfielder began after he was invited to wear the senior team’s jersey in 2010.
With the Colombian national team, Juan Cuadrado has played in a number of high-profile competitions including the 2011 Copa América and the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he ended as a joined top goal assists with Toni Kroos.
He has also been invited to the 2015 Copa América as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. He has always been consistent for the team and that is one of the things that have earned him a place on the preliminary list of the country to the World Cup in Russia.
By the time he got the invite, he had already appeared in 67 games for Colombia, scoring 7 goals in the process.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Also referred to as Vespa, Juan Cuadrado is definitely on the slim side and he is of average height. The greatest strengths of the player are his pace and skills, which of course, his athletic build also contributes to.
He has a height of 5 feet 10 inches (179 cm) and a bodyweight of 146 lbs (66 kg). For his general body measurements, that has not been provided. Nevertheless, he is a very fit player.