Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello, popularly known as Juan Cuadrado, is professional footballer who plays as a full back midfielder in the Colombia senior team. He has played for some popular clubs during the course of his career, some of them are -Independiente Medellin, Udinese, Lecce, Fiorentina and Chelsea. He is currently associated to the popular Serie A club, Juventus.
Born on 26 May 1988 in Necocli town of Antioquia, Juan started his youth career while playing for a local club, Atletico Uraba. After few months in their setup, he switched to Independiente Medellin and learnt his basics in their youth academy.
Cuadrado made his senior professional debut for Medellin in 2008 against Boyaca Chico. He made 30 appearances and remained in the club until 2009 before making the leap to European football.
In 2009, he was signed by Serie A club, Udinese, for a 5 year deal. He made his debut in a 2-1 victory against Chievo and played 30 matches in the first two season season. The following season, he was loaned to fellow Serie A team, Lecce. He made 33 appearances for Lecce and helped them rise in the division.
In 2012, Cuadrado was transferred to an Italian club, Fiorentina, for a €1 million. He came into limelight even in his first season with the club as he scored 5 goals and made 6 assists and helped the team to occupy 4th position in the tournament. He made a total of 85 appearances and scored at 20 times.
In 2017, he was signed by yet another topliner of the football arena - Chelsea, on a 4.5 year deal for around £23 million. Cuadrado made his Chelsea debut as a substitute for the last ten minutes of a 2–1 win away against Aston Villa. He overall played 13 games for Chelsea and was soon loaned to Italian giant, Juventus.
He made his debut for Juventus as a 75th-minute substitute in a 2–1 defeat away against Roma. He was instrumental in many wins of the club, some of them are, crucial 2-1 victory against Torino in Derby della Mole, 1-0 against Milan in 2016 Coppa Italia Final, 1-0 against Inter Milan in Derby d’Italia.
Rise to glory
On 11 February 2014, Cuadrado broke into headlines after scoring Fiorentina's second goal of a 2–0 Coppa Italia semi-final victory over his former club Udinese, securing La Viola a 3–2 aggregate victory and a spot in the final.
He was a member of squad of Chelsea in 2-0 win in the Premier League Cup final, against Tottenham Hotspur.
In 2010, Cuadrado received his first international call for the senior Colombian team. He made his debut against Venezuela and scored in the 2-0 victory. He was the squad member which reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa America in Argentina.
Cuadrado was named in Colombia's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Copa America and Copa America Centenario. He had made 69 international appearances and scored 7 goals.