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)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:39, 12 January 2016 (UTC).
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 S.C. 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 C.S. Marítimo equivalents.
Iturbe joined Italian club 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.
Having spent most of his life in Paraguay, Iturbe began his international career in the youth setup of Paraguay.
In October 2009, Iturbe was called up to the Paraguay national team by coach Tata Martino at the age of sixteen 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.
Style of play
The media have dubbed Iturbe the "new Lionel Messi," given their many similarities: like Messi, Iturbe is a technically gifted Argentine forward of diminutive stature, who is agile and quick on the ball, and who possesses an eye for goal.
|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|
|Verona (loan)||2013–14||Serie A||33||8||0||0||0||0||33||8|
|Bournemouth (loan)||2015–16||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
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- "OPERAZIONI DI MERCATO JUAN MANUEL ITURBE AREVALOS" [Market Operation: Juan Manuel Iturbe Arévalos] (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 16 July 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Juan Iturbe: Bournemouth sign Roma forward on loan until May". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- (Spanish) Tata Martino convoca a 20 jugadores para el amistoso – Ultima Hora
- Brazil seeking the right mentality – Tim Vickery, BBC
- "'New Messi' Juan Manuel Iturbe". goal.com. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Footballers Who Have Been Dubbed the Next Lionel Messi – Juan Manuel Iturbe". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- "Juan Manuel Iturbe lives up to his nickname with a Lionel Messi-esque goal". 101 Great goals. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Juan Manuel Iturbe.|
- Profile at Argentina Football World (English)
- Statistics at BDFA (Spanish)
- Juan Manuel Iturbe Website at Portuguese Website (Portuguese)