Juan Cuadrado is a Colombian footballer who plays for both Juventus and the Colombian national team in Italy. He has played for many other clubs in the past, including Chelsea FC and Fiorentina as a midfielder. Thanks to his services to his club and his country, he has been included in the Colombian preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Here you can find out more about him.
Juan Cuadrado Biography
The star footballer was born Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello on 26 May 1988 in the Colombian fishing village of Necocli. In Tumaco, however, he was raised by his father Guillermo Cuadrado, a truck driver, and his mother Marcela Bello Guerrero, a housekeeper.
Unfortunately for the footballer, his father was murdered before he was five years old. From then on, he was only raised by his mother, who hid him under the bed when armed robbers came into her house and killed his father. As a result, he faced so much poverty that he had to work with his mother in a factory to make ends meet.
He started playing football as a small boy. Because of his pace, his earliest position as a striker, but was to change as his career progressed to midfielder and wingback.
Club Football Career
Cuadrado began his club football career with the youth club of Atlético Urabá. He played there for a while before moving to Independiente Medellín, where he rounded off his youth career and was promoted to the club’s senior side in 2008.
He traveled to Italy in 2009 to play for Udinese. After a brief loan to Lecce, he moved to Fiorentina in 2012. 85 games, 20 goals, and 3 years later he found himself on his way to England to play for Chelsea FC in the English Premier League. However, Chelsea was not to be his final goal, as after only 13 matches in which he won the Premier League and the Football League Cup, he was sent on loan to Juventus.
At Juve, where he would have a great career, Cuadrado had two loans before the club decided to sign him from Chelsea. He has remained loyal to the club since 2015, winning 3 Serie A titles and 3 titles at Coppa Italia.
Juan Cuadrado International Career
There are not too many players who start playing directly for the senior national teams of their countries without playing at a lower level. That’s how the midfielder began, after being invited to wear the senior national team jersey in 2010.
Juan Cuadrado has played with the Colombian national team in a number of high-profile competitions, including the 2011 Copa America and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he ended up as the joint top scorer with Toni Kroos.
He has also been invited to the Copa America 2015 as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He has always been consistent for the team, and that is one of the things that earned him a place on the country’s provisional list for the World Cup in Russia.
By the time he received the invitation, he had already played 67 games for Colombia, scoring 7 goals in the process.
Juan is a rather fulfilled footballer, who is no longer known in public as a single girlfriend, who is now his wife Melissa Botero. The two met when the former Chelsea star was a 2014 player with ACF Fiorentina.
Although they have kept much of their relationship a secret, with the exception of the images they share on social media, it is known that the couple entered into a marriage in 2016. Their first child, a daughter, was born in 2015. Her name is Lucia.
Today, his mother, wife, and daughter are the three most important women in the life of the very religious midfielder.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Juan Cuadrado, who is also called Vespa, is definitely on the slim side, and he is of average height. The player’s greatest strengths are his speed and his skills, which of course is also due to his athletic physique.
He is 179 cm (5 feet 10 inches) tall and has a bodyweight of 66 kg (146 lbs). This was not indicated for his general body measurements. Nevertheless, he is a very fit player.