Mr.Fancy Footwork: Juan Cuadrado
In 2014 Italian World Cup champion and Bianconero, Mauro Camoranesi, urged Juve to sign this versatile Columbian international. "He's much better than I ever was. He has so much quality, is lightning quick and can do his defensive duties as well." Camoranesi told Tuttosport.
(illustration by Marco and Mauro La Villa)
POSITION | Midfielder
JUVENTUS NO. | 7
COLUMBIA NO. | 11
BORN |May 26, 1988
Birth City |Necoclí, Colombia
Pre-Juve Team | Chelsea
JUVENTUS | Serie A Scudetto (2016, 2017 and 2018), Coppa Italia (2016, 2017 and 2018)
Chelsea | Premiere League (2015), Football League Cup (2015)
Cuadrado's Black and White Story
On August 25, 2015, Cuadrado signed a season-long loan deal with Juventus for €1.5 million. Five days later he made his debut as a 75th-minute substitute in a 2–1 defeat away against Roma. On October 31, Cuadrado scored his first Juventus goal against Torino to secure a 2–1 win in extra time at the end of the Derby della Mole. On March 16, 2016 Cuadrado scored his first ever UEFA Champions League goal in a 4–2 away defeat against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the round of 16. On May 21 he came off the bench to set-up Álvaro Morata's match-winning goal against Milan in the 110th minute of extra time of the 2016 Coppa Italia final in Rome's Stadio Olimpico Juventus' 1–0 victory enabled the club to secure the domestic double for the second consecutive season.
Cuadrado returned to Chelsea on June 30, 2016 and played a few friendlies for Chelsea including the 2016 International Champions Cup. On August 31 however Cuadrado returned to Juventus on a three-year loan for €5 million per season or €15 million and €10 million in the second and the third year of loan respectively after certain sports related achievements. Chelsea would also receive a maximum of €4 million bonuses making the fee potentially raise to €29 million. Cuadrado scored his first league goal in nine months on February 5, 2017 scoring the only goal in a 1–0 home win in a Derby d'Italia clash with Inter Milan.
On May 22, 2017 it was announced that Cuadrado had joined Juventus on a permanent deal for a preset price of €20 million until 2020 winning the Serie A mathematically in round 37 Cuadrado came on as a substitute for Andrea Barzagli in the 60th minute but was later controversially sent off after picking up two yellow cards the second for an alleged stamp on Sergio Ramos Juventus lost the match 4–1 after a clause in his contract had been triggered. In the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final against defending champions Real Madrid on 3 June. (source: Wikipedia)