Iturbe playing for Roma in 2014.
|Full name||Juan Manuel Iturbe Arévalos|
|Date of birth||4 June 1993|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
(on loan from Roma)
|2012||→ Porto B||6||(1)|
|2013||→ River Plate (loan)||17||(3)|
|2016||→ Bournemouth (loan)||2||(0)|
|2017–||→ Torino (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:14, 2 March 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2016
Iturbe represented the Paraguay national team in a friendly match in 2009. He since declared his intention to play for Argentina, his country of birth, doing so at under-20 level. In early 2016, however, Iturbe expressed his desire to represent Paraguay, where his parents were from.
At the age of 12, Iturbe made his first-team debut for Sportivo Trinidense in the 2006 Paraguayan Division Intermedia. He scored his first goal for the club in the 35th minute of a 1–0 away victory against Choré Central on 7 May 2006. Sportivo Trinidense finished in second position of the Division Intermedia table and were promoted to the Primera División Paraguaya for the 2007 season.
Being 17 years of age, Iturbe was not under professional contract with Cerro Porteño, therefore, he trained with Quilmes of the Argentine Primera División. In January 2011, Iturbe confirmed he was signing with Portuguese club Porto and would join the team when he turned 18. After agreeing on the move, he returned to Cerro Porteño in February, where he remained until his 18th birthday in June. He scored a brace in his first Copa Libertadores game shortly after that.
On 10 December 2011, Iturbe made his debut for Porto, coming in added time in place of Hulk in a 2–1 Primeira Liga win at Beira-Mar, the first of four appearances off the bench in a title-winning season. On 3 November 2012, he scored his only goal in Portugal, the sole goal of the reserves' home win over their Marítimo equivalents.
Iturbe joined Italian club Hellas Verona, newly promoted to Serie A, on a season-long loan deal for the 2013–14 season. He scored his first goal for the club with a curled free kick as Verona went on to beat Livorno 2–1 on 29 September.
On 16 July 2014, just weeks after signing for Verona, Serie A giants Roma announced the signing of Iturbe for €22 million with performance-based add-ons up to €2.5 million. The player signed a five-year contract, ending on 30 June 2019. Iturbe's first goal for Roma was against CSKA Moscow in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, which ended in a 5–1 victory. He also scored against Juventus and a vital goal in the Derby della Capitale against Lazio, which helped Roma to stay in second position and gave Roma a direct start in the Champions League in the next year.
AFC Bournemouth (loan)
Having spent most of his life in Paraguay, Iturbe began his international career in the youth setup of Paraguay. In October 2009, he was called up to the Paraguay national team by coach Gerardo Martino at the age of 16 for a friendly against Chile in November. Iturbe was substituted onto the field in the 73rd minute of the match for Juan Rodrigo Rojas as Paraguay were defeated 2–1 on 4 November 2009.
In early 2016, however, Iturbe expressed his desire to once more represent Paraguay. On 8 March 2016, he was called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Ecuador and Brazil. He made his competitive debut with Paraguay on 29 March as a substitute in the second half of the match against Brazil, making him cap-tied to Paraguay. He was named to Paraguay's squad for the Copa América Centenario that summer.
Style of play
The media have dubbed Iturbe the "new Lionel Messi", given their many similarities: Like Messi, Iturbe is a left-footed, technically gifted Argentine – but nowadays representing Paraguay – forward of diminutive stature who is agile and quick on the ball and who possesses an eye for goal. A versatile and creative player, he is capable of playing as a winger on either flank, or in the centre as an attacking midfielder or as a second striker, although his preferred role is on the right. Regarded as a promising young player, he is known in particular for his dribbling skills, pace, and powerful striking ability.
|Cerro Porteño||2009||Paraguayan Primera División||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|2010||Paraguayan Primera División||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|2011||Paraguayan Primera División||15||3||0||0||8||2||23||5|
|Porto B||2012–13||Segunda Liga||6||1||0||0||0||0||6||1|
|River Plate (loan)||2012–13||Argentine Primera División||17||3||0||0||0||0||17||3|
|AFC Bournemouth (loan)||2015–16||Premier League||2||0||2||0||0||0||4||0|
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