|Full name||Lucas Ramón Barrios Cáceres|
|Date of birth||13 November 1984|
|Place of birth||San Fernando, Argentina|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Current club||Guangzhou Evergrande|
|2004||→ Tigre (loan)||16||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lucas Ramón Barrios Cáceres (born 13 November 1984 in San Fernando, Buenos Aires) is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays as a striker for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande. Barrios is known for his effectiveness in the target area. This earned him his nickname La Pantera, which means The Panther.
Barrios' mother is Paraguayan, which made him eligible to receive Paraguay nationality at birth. He received his Paraguay nationality in March 2010.
Barrios rose to prominence as a forward for the Chilean club Cobreloa, where he had a spectacular scoring record. Before joining Cobreloa, he spent much of his professional career in second division football, either in Chile or Argentina. However after joining Cobreloa, he has demonstrated his innate goal scoring ability, notching 14 goals in the Apertura 2007.
Barrios drew the attention of Chilean club Colo-Colo and Mexican club Necaxa with his excellent performance at Cobreloa. However, Barrios was finally signed by Mexican club Atlas for $2.5 million, where he played one short season in which he scored a single goal in 14 league appearances.
At the beginning of 2008 Colo-Colo signed Barrios on a six-month loan as a reinforcement for their 2008 Copa Libertadores campaign. Barrios returned to his pre-Atlas form as he was the leading goal scorer in the Apertura with 19 goals. In the play-offs Barrios was an integral part of the club's success. In the second leg of the semi-final Colo-Colo found themselves trailing Ñublense 2–0 on aggregate with only ten minutes remaining, when Barrios scored two goals in less than two minutes to qualify the team for the final. In the first leg of the final, Barrios added his fifth goal of the play-offs and his nineteenth of the season.
At the end of May 2008, and with the loan agreement due to expire in June 2008, Colo-Colo offered $1.5 million for Barrios which Atlas rejected as it didn't meet their $2 million valuation. Eventually, Colo-Colo offered the $2 million Atlas was asking for Barrios. However Colo-Colo only purchased eighty percent of the player and Barrios holds the remaining twenty percent of his ownership. Barrios' salary with Atlas was almost $400,000 per year, but in order to be transferred to Colo-Colo he had to accept a forty percent pay cut.
Barrios maintained his fine form in the 2008 Clausura, scoring 18 goals in 16 matches only. This meant he finished top scorer in both halves of the championship, the first to do so since Patricio Galaz in 2004. He amassed an impressive 37 goals in 38 games which attracted the attention of a number of clubs.
Lucas Barrios was on the verge of signing a four-year contract with French club Nancy, but Colo-Colo's president Gabriel Ruiz-Tagle, on the afternoon of 12 January 2009, rejected the offer, but stated that further offers were being discussed.
On 29 January 2009, it was revealed that a $7 million offer from Espanyol had been rejected by Colo-Colo due to the way the deal was structured. On 28 June 2009, rumors from Greece claimed that Lucas Barrios signed a four-year-contract with Panathinaikos for a sum of €5 millions. However it was later announced that even after Colo-Colo accepted the offer, Barrios declined to go, without any reasons being mentioned. Afterwards, Barrios was linked with Bundesliga teams Borussia Dortmund and fourth placed Hertha Berlin. It was finally agreed that Barrios would go to Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund 
In July 2009, after just one and a half years at Colo-Colo, Barrios officially signed a contract with German club Borussia Dortmund. The German club paid a sum of €4.2 million. After having a tough start, Barrios finally broke through and scored five goals in five consecutive Bundesliga matches. Barrios also added four goals and one assist in three DFB-Pokal appearances. Since then he has added 13 more goals, bringing his tally to 19 for the Bundesliga season, and 23 all together.
Barrios was a key part of Dortmund's push for Champions League football for next season. His goals, especially his hattrick on 24 April 2010 against 1. FC Nuremberg helped his team win 3–2 and to secure a place in the Europa League the following season.
His first season in Germany ended with a goal on the final day of the season away at Freiburg, the goal meant Barrios finished third in the Bundesliga top scorer of 2010 with 19 goals in 33 games.
In his second season, Barrios continued his fine form for Dortmund. The Germans were drawn against Azerbaijan side FK Qarabağ in the Play-Off round of the Europa League. In the first leg on 19 August, both Barrios and Shinji Kagawa scored braces in a 4–0 victory at home. The second leg was held on 26 August at the Tofik Bakhramov Stadium in Baku. The game looked destined to end 0–0, but Barrios popped up and netted the winner in the first minute of stoppage time, leading to an aggregate win of 5–0.
After Dortmund lost on the opening day to Bayer Leverkusen, Barrios scored his first goal of the season against VfB Stuttgart on 29 August 2010. Dortmund started their UEFA Europa League campaign on 16 September against Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv. Dortmund were down 3–2 late in the game, but Barrios scored the equalizer in the 87th minute and Mario Götze scored the winner in the second minute of stoppage time. It took Barrios almost another month to find the back of the net again in the Bundesliga for Die Borussen. But against FC Kaiserslautern, he was able to score two goals, helping secure a 5–0 win on 22 September. On 2 October, Bayern Munich travelled to the Westfalenstadion. Barrios scored the first goal, in a 2–0 win for the home side, meaning they had won six games in a row since their opening day defeat. His goal helped Dortmund keep up their chase of league leaders Mainz 05. Dortmund played league leaders Mainz on 31 October at the Stadion am Bruchweg. Mario Götze opened the scoring for Dortmund in the first half and Barrios added a second after the break. The result meant that Dortmund leap-frogged Mainz into first place in the Bundesliga. Lucas continued this goalscoring form, scoring in each of the next two games. This included a 4–0 victory over Hannover and a 2–0 win over Hamburg. After being relatively ineffective in his side's 2–1 defeat of SC Freiburg on 20 November, Barrios netted in the next game against Borussia Mönchengladbach, the final goal of a 4–1 thrashing, and also added an assist.
In the third game back from the Bundesliga winter break, Lucas netted the winning goal in the second minute against VfL Wolfsburg, Dortmund went on to win the game 3–0. 26 February saw a top of the table clash with German powerhouse Bayern. Dortmund once again prevailed against the Bavarians, this time by a score of 3–1. Lucas opened the scoring in the 9th minute at the Allianz Arena and put his side 13 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the table. Because of his success with Dortmund, reports in Europe linked him with English giants Chelsea in a reported £17.5 million move.
On 2 April, Barrios had arguably his best performance all season against Hannover. Lucas scored the second and third goals of his side's 4–1 win and also grabbed an assist. He scored 14 goals through 30 games. With two games left, Dortmund secured the 2010–11 Bundesliga Championship, their first German title in nine years, when Barrios scored the winning goal in a 2–0 win over Nuremberg. In the final game of the season at home against Eintracht Frankfurt, Barrios grabbed a brace, after missing an early penalty, in a 3–1 win, bringing his Bundesliga total to 16 goals for the season. The result was terrible for Frankfurt, as it meant that they were relegated.
Barrios endured a difficult campaign, losing form and his place in the side in favor of Robert Lewandowski. He managed his first goal of the season on 3 February 2012 when he came on a substitute in the 71st minute and knocked the ball past Raphael Schäfer to secure a 2–0 win over 1. FC Nuremberg. After Dortmund secured their second Bundesliga title in a row, Barrios was given the start on 28 April when the champions travelled to relegated Kaiserslautern. Barrios helped his side to a 5–2 win, netting a terrific hat-trick, keeping them on pace to overturn the record of 79 points a Bundesliga season. Barrios had been close to signing for Premier League side Fulham in January but the deal was rejected; in May the club confirmed that the Paraguayan striker would leave the club in June and move to China.
Guangzhou Evergrande 
On 2 May 2012, Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande announced that they had officially signed Barrios on a four-year deal for a domestic record fee of €8.5 million. The club have been tracking Barrios since March 2012 when the club had agreed to sign Barrios at the end of the season. In his move to Guangzhou Evergrande, Barrios will earn €6.7m per year at Guangzhou Evergrande. Barrios made his unofficial debut in a reserve league match on 2 July. He scored a goal in the first half as Guangzhou trashed Beijing Guoan reserves 7–2. His first Super League match came on 15 July in a 1–0 home defeat against Guangzhou R&F, coming on as a substitute for Cléo in the 74th minute. On 18 July, Barrios scored his first goal for the first team in a 2012 Chinese FA Cup match which Guangzhou Evergrande beat Henan Jianye 2–1 at Tianhe Stadium. He scored first Super League goal 3 days later, in a 2–1 away victory against Henan Jianye.
Barrios started the 2013 season well by scoring the opening goal of the season for the club in the first round of 2013 AFC Champions League group stage match, a 3–0 home victory over J. League side Urawa Red Diamonds.
International career 
Barrios started his dual citizenship process on 16 March 2010 hoping to get a chance to be in the World Cup 2010 which was granted on 8 April. He is the fourth Argentine to join the Paraguay National team along with Jonathan Santana, Néstor Ortigoza and Sergio Aquino. On 4 May 2010, Barrios was called up by trainer Gerardo "Tata" Martino" to join the Paraguay national football team training camp for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Los Guaraníes played five games in the tournament, only bowing out in the quarterfinals to eventual winner Spain. Barrios was brought on in immediate response to a goal by Spain's David Villa, but only in the 83rd minute, with Barrios getting one shot off on goal in the 89th. In 2011, he was runner-up in the Copa Amèrica with the Paraguayan national team. He has put in 21 appearances for Paraguay, most recently scoring a goal in a draw against Venezuela.
After tearing a muscle in the final of the Copa Amèrica, he was unavailable until mid-September.
International goals 
|Barrios – goals for Paraguay|
|1.||25 May 2010||RDS Arena, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Republic of Ireland||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2.||30 May 2010||Stade Joseph-Moynat, Thonon-les-Bains, France||Ivory Coast||1–2||2–2||Friendly|
|3.||2 June 2010||Stadion Schützenwiese, Winterthur, Switzerland||Greece||0–2||0–2||Friendly|
|4.||7 September 2010||Nanjing Olympic Sports Center, Nanjing, China||China PR||0–1||1–1||Friendly|
|5.||4 June 2011||Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia||Bolivia||0–1||0–2||Friendly|
|6.||13 July 2011||Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina||Venezuela||2–1||3–3||2011 Copa América|
Career statistics 
- As of 18 May 2013
|Club||Season||Domestic League||Domestic Cup||Continental||Total|
- Borussia Dortmund
- Guangzhou Evergrande
- Chilean Primera División Top goalscorer: 2008 Apertura, 2008 Clausura
- Paraguayan Footballer of the Year: 2010
- Chinese FA Cup Most Valuable Player: 2012
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- Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 Urawa Reds
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