Juan Iturbe

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Iturbe and the second or maternal family name is Arévalos.
Juan Manuel Iturbe
Juan Iturbe AS Roma (cropped).jpg
Iturbe playing for A.S. Roma in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel Iturbe Arévalos
Date of birth (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
2005–2006 Universal
2006–2007 Trinidense
2007–2009 Cerro Porteño
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Cerro Porteño 22 (3)
2010–2013 Porto 6 (0)
2012 Porto B 6 (1)
2013 River Plate (loan) 17 (3)
2013–2014 Verona 33 (8)
2014– Roma 45 (5)
National team
2008–2009 Paraguay U17 4 (2)
2009 Paraguay U20 3 (1)
2009 Paraguay 1 (0)
2010–2013 Argentina U20 13 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:47, 22 September 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 January 2013

Juan Manuel Iturbe Arévalos (born 4 June 1993) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for A.S. Roma in the Serie A.

The media have dubbed Iturbe the "new Lionel Messi", given their many similarities: like Messi, Iturbe is an Argentine goal-scorer of diminutive stature who is quick on the ball.[2][3][4]

Club career[edit]

Cerro Porteño[edit]

Iturbe started playing first team football with Cerro Porteño on 28 June 2009, at age 16, on a game against Libertad, valid for the 21st week of the Paraguayan Primera División.

Being 17 years of age, Iturbe was not under professional contract with Cerro Porteño.[5] Therefore, he trained with Quilmes of the Argentine Primera División.[6] In January 2011, Iturbe confirmed he was signing with Portuguese club FC Porto and would join the team when he turned 18.[7] After agreeing on said move to FC Porto, he returned to Cerro Porteño in February, where he remained until his 18th birthday in June. He scored a brace on his first Copa Libertadores game shortly after that.[8]


On 30 September 2012, Iturbe played for F.C. Porto's B team in a 1–1 home draw against Penafiel.

Loan to River Plate[edit]

It was confirmed on 29 December 2012 that Iturbe had joined River Plate on a six–month loan.[9][10][11][11][12][13]

Hellas Verona[edit]

Iturbe joined Italian club Hellas Verona, newly promoted to Serie A, on a season-long loan deal for the 2013–14 season.[14] 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.[15]

On 27 May 2014, Hellas Verona announced signing of Iturbe on a permanent deal.[16]

A.S. Roma[edit]

On 16 July 2014, Italian club A.S. 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 Champions League which ended in a 5-1 victory for Roma. He also scored against Juventus and a vital goal in the Derby della Capitale against Lazio which helped Roma to stay in 2nd position and gave Roma a direct start in the Champions League in the next year.

International career[edit]

Having spent most of his life in Paraguay, Iturbe began his international career in the youth setup of Paraguay. At the age of 16 he was capped in a senior friendly against Chile in 2009,[17] however as this was not a competitive game he could change allegiances if he wished. He later fell out with the management in Paraguay and declared for Argentina.[18]



Cerro Porteño


  1. ^ http://www.hellasverona.it/scheda.php?id=305
  2. ^ "'New Messi' Juan Manuel Iturbe". goal.com. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Footballers Who Have Been Dubbed the Next Lionel Messi – Juan Manuel Iturbe". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Juan Manuel Iturbe lives up to his nickname with a Lionel Messi-esque goal". 101 Great goals. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ningún club de Europa paga un peso por un amateur". La Nación (Paraguay) (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Iturbe se presentó y entrenó en Quilmes: "Con mucha humildad vengo a esforzarme y a jugar"". Última Hora (in Spanish). 2 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "É a melhor notícia deste início de 2011". Mais Futebol (Portugal) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Juan Iturbe Overjoyed With Libertadores Brace". Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.eluniverso.com/2012/12/29/1/1372/juan-manuel-iturbe-ficha-river-plate-seis-meses.html
  10. ^ http://www.26noticias.com.ar/juan-manuel-iturbe-ya-es-de-river-tras-el-si-del-porto-163989.html
  11. ^ a b http://www.diariouno.com.ar/deportes/Juan-Manuel-Iturbe-es-el-nuevo-refuerzo-de-River--20121229-0024.html
  12. ^ http://elsolonline.com/noticias/view/159430/iturbe-se-convirtio-en-el-segundo-refuerzo-de-river
  13. ^ http://www.cadena3.com/contenido/2012/12/29/107875.asp
  14. ^ Carminati, Nadia (3 September 2013). "Verona sign Porto winger Juan Manuel Iturbe on season-long loan". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Carminati, Nadia (3 September 2013). "Verona sign Porto winger Juan Manuel Iturbe on season-long loan". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ufficiale: Juan Manuel Iturbe è tutto gialloblù!". HellasVerona.it (in Italian). 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  17. ^ (Spanish) Tata Martino convoca a 20 jugadores para el amistoso – Ultima Hora
  18. ^ Brazil seeking the right mentality – Tim Vickery, BBC

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