Juan Guillermo Cuadrado is a Colombian footballer who plays for Premier League club Chelsea and the Colombia national football team. Born in 1988, Cuadrado began his pro career at Colombian side Independiente Medellin in 2008 before moving to Udinese in Italy in 2009 then Fiorentina in 2012. After an impressive World Cup in 2014 Cuadrado signed for Premier League side Chelsea in January 2015 for 24 million pounds.
Cuadrado was born in Necocli, Colombia on the 26th of May 1988 and he began his professional club career with Independiente Medellin making his debut in 2008. First playing as a striker, Cuadrado was preferred on the wing where he could play at either right wing or at fullback. In July 2009 Cuadrado made a move to Europe signing for Italian club Udinese. His first season saw him move to Lecce on loan for more first team playing experience.
In July 2012 Cuadrado was signed by Fiorentina scoring his first goal for the club in a 4-1 win over Cagliari. His first season saw the Colombian score five goals and assist six. After a successful World Cup with Colombia in 2014 Cuadrado attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. Cuadrado signed for Chelsea in the winter transfer window of the 2014-15 season The transfer fee was reportedly 24 million pounds and he was signed upon the exit of Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg.
Having never played for any Colombia youth sides Cuadrado made his senior Colombia debut in 2010 against Venezuela. He scored the opening goal of the match and was named Man of the Match. Cuadrado played a key role for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup helping Colombia to reach the quarter-finals. Cuadrado finished the World Cup with four assists and one goal to his name.