Full NameLuis Fernando Muriel Fruto
BornApril 16, 1991
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)
Luis Fernando Muriel Fruto is a Colombian footballer who was born on April 16, 1991 in Santo Tomas, Colombia. He plays at the position of striker as forward for his team.
Muriel initiated his career at Atletico Junior and joined Premier A club Deportivo Cali in January 2009. His debut for the club came against Envigado FC on July 12, 2009 which was his only appearance in the entire season.
He represented Colombia Under-20 during the 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup. He scored twice against France and once against Korea to help his team qualify to the next stage. He ended the tournament with four goals before they were knocked out in the quarter finals by Mexico.
In 2012, Muriel made his debut for Colombian senior team in a losing match against Ecuador during the World Cup qualifiers. His first goal for Colombia came in a friendly match against Guatemala on February 6, 2013.
Rise to glory
Muriel rose in his career at the very initial stage as he scored a hattrick in his third in 2009 for Deportivo Cali in a match against Once Caldas. After that match, he earned the title of the 'Colombian Ronaldo’ and seeing this impressive performance, he was signed by Italia A side Udinese.
After an unsuccessful season with Granada and Lecce in 2009, Muriel returned to Udinese. He was left out from the team by the manager Francesco Guidolin as he was asked to lose 5 pounds and was categorised as unfit to play.
Luis Muriel began his club career with Deportivo Cali in Jan 2009. He made his debut against Envigado FC on July 12, 2009. He played only 10 matches during the season in which he also scored a hattrick.
On May 30, 2010 Udinese officially signed Muriel for a reported fee of €1.5m but he was midway transferred to Granada and Leece during the season. In that season, they got qualified to La Liga for the first time in 35 years but Muriel appeared only in seven matches.
Later he was again transferred back to Udinese before he moved to Sampdoria on January 22, 2015. He played 16 games in the first season (2015) in which he scored twice but next year, he scored 11 goals and assisted five times which was career best performance for him.
On July 11, 2017 La Liga team Sevilla signed Muriel for a club-record fees of €20m. He made his debut for them on August 19 in a 1-1 draw match against Espanyol while his first goal came on September 17 against Girona which resulted in a 1-0 victory.
Luis won the Serie A Best Young Revelation in 2012 for Lecce.