The AFP article, entitled ‘Colombia al Cuadrado’, draws Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, as Daring dribbler, slippery at speed on the right wing, with vision to assist and a goal card when he steps into the opponent’s area with pure dribbling.
With that, the news agency begins to support its thesis that Colombia rediscovered its new leader, aged 33, unlike Argentine journalist Alejandro Fantino, host of an ESPN program, who underestimated the Colombian player with an alleged doubt about its name: “Rectangle, what is it called”.
AFP is clear about it and offers a side of data that can serve as a reminder to Fantino. With 12 uninterrupted seasons in Europe and two World Cups on his resume, Cuadrado, current Juventus winger-winger, He found himself with a leading role that he did not expect to lead the coffee team in the Copa América in Brazil-2021.
The absences of James Rodríguez and the ‘Tigre’ Radamel Falcao García in the roster of 28 footballers cited by the coach Reinaldo Rueda put Cuadrado at the forefront of a seasoned team in the old continent, which returns to Brazil looking for a revenge after being eliminated in 2019 for Chile in the quarterfinals on penalties.
And the ancestry of Cuadrado in the selected team is so great that he was the voice of the coffee growers to question the untimely appointment of Brazil, one of the countries most affected in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the venue for the Copa América 2021 after the falls of Colombia and Argentina as co-organizers.
“I believe that Conmebol’s decisions generate uncertainty among all footballers, not only because of the risk they pose to health, but also because of the tranquility and guarantees that all the actors require for the normal development of the Copa América ”, he expressed in a message posted on his Instagram stories.
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado set record season in Europe
Cuadrado’s sixth season at the ‘Vecchia Signora’, one of his best in his professional career, He reported valuable numbers, so important that Massimiliano Allegri himself, back on the black and white bench for the next season, said that the Colombian “is untouchable”.
And it is that in a 2020-2021 season of Juventus to be forgotten, Cuadrado was the different of his class. He played a total of 40 games in all competitions: 30 in Serie A, six in the Champions League, three in the Italian Cup and one more in the local Super Cup..
Throughout the campaign he totaled 16 assists, being the player who led the club in that statistic and scored two goals: a decisive double in the 3-2 victory against Inter Milan on Calcio match day 37, key to get Juve into the Champions zone and which ended up being signed on the last match day against Bologna (4-1).
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In the last Champions League, in which Juventus left in the round of 16 fired by Porto, Cuadrado finished as the competition’s leader in assists with 6, beating German Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Belgian Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Argentine Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) by two..
And that same passer vision was key for the Colombian National Team to reach the second goal against Argentina in Barranquilla, on the eighth date of the South American tie, in the suffered 2-2 draw on Tuesday.
Cuadrado assisted Miguel Borja with a perfect cross from the right to the heart of the large area, where the Junior forward hunted the ball head first in the last minute of the game to seal the harrowing parity.
“Colombia has a good combo (team) to reverse the tie. We had the conviction to save the game with teamwork, we gave 100% in the second half and we never stopped believing. That’s how we managed to tie it, “said Cuadrado, one of the figures against the Albiceleste.