Colombian football has brought a lot of talented and colorful footballers. I think we all remember those Colombian stars from 90′s, such as Carlos Valderrama and Rene Higuita. They are well-remembered and still popular in many countries. Now there’s a new generation of footballers coming up and some of them have reached the peak of European football. Here are the TOP 7 Colombian footballers in European football.
26 years old
Club Brugge (Belgium)
Statistics 2012/2013: 23 games, 19 goals
Bacca has always been a solid striker. He started his career in Colombia and there he was the leading scorer in all teams he played. In January 2012, Bacca was bought by Belgian Club Brugge and striker quickly became a fan favorite. Colombian is quickly rising to the new heights. His statistics are impressive and it’s clear that some teams could be interested to acquire him in summer. Maybe he will move to Erdevisie, maybe even higher… Premier League? There were already some rumors about his possible move to Russia, but nothing happened and Bacca is still a major part of Brugge.
24 years old
Statistics 2012/2013: 15 games
Ospina is the only goalkeeper in this list. For the last few seasons, he has been a first choice goalkeeper for Ligue 1 side Nice. Beginning of this season wasn’t so good for team and Ospina, as he was benched for the first 10 matches of Ligue 1. But when he was back in the box, situation rapidly improved and now Nice is one of the teams, which could play in UEFA Champions League next season. If they will continue to get points every week-end, I’m sure they will secure their place in the European competitions. For such club, like Nice – that would be a massive achievement!
26 years old
Inter Milan (Italy)
Statistics 2012/2013: 22 games, 4 goals
Talent. Real talent, which was discovered by Portuguese grands Porto. Start of European career wasn’t really successful for Guarin, as he didn’t impressed at all while playing for Saint-Etienne, but everything turned to be different in Portugal. We all know that Porto has one of the best scouting systems in the world. They can find amazing talents in relatively unknown teams and leagues. Porto runs a successful business and Guarin is one of their successful products. Quick, strong and really versatile midfielder, who has turned into one of the leading players in Inter Milan squad. He has bright future, it’s just the beginning…
24 years old
Statistics 2012/2013: 25 games, 1 goal
Colombian winger has one really famous fan – Jose Mourinho. The Special One is impressed by the skills and versatility Cuadrado has and he would like to work together with Colombian in the future. European career of 24 years old winger had a slow start in Udinese and for the last two seasons he has been loaned out to Lecce and Fiorentina. This season looks like a breakthrough for Cuadrado, as he’s turning into one of the most fearful players of Serie A. Pace, power and amazing dribbling skills are the most dangerous weapons of Colombian winger. I think it’s just a question of time, when he will join one of the European top clubs.
21 years old
Statistics 2012/2013: 14 games, 7 goals
Future of Colombian football and maybe the next Cristiano Ronaldo. Seriously. Many football experts compare Rodriguez with Portuguese superstar and there’s something similar between those two. Both are unbelievably fast, strong with a great ball control and both are really dangerous free-kick takers. Scouts of Porto quickly discovered Rodriguez and now he’s a quality product for any top club. And don’t be surprised, if you will see this Colombian football prodigy in the jersey of Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson has been impressed by Rodriguez and United scouts are closely following his performances in Portuguese league. He has bright future ahead of him. Massive talent.
26 years old
Statistics 2012/2013: 20 games, 22 goals
The next Falcao, the next Hulk… Call him whatever you want, but there’s one thing for sure – Martinez is an amazing striker! He has been simply fantastic so far in Portuguese league and Champions League. Strongly built, with a great pace and dribbling. Such physically strong strikers are like a nightmare for every defender. Colombian is having a debut season in Europe, but it’s already clear that his career in Porto won’t last for long. Many top clubs already are interested to acquire him. Barcelona, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and many more could make a move this summer. Porto can prepare for a solid boost for their budget.
27 years old
Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Statistics 2012/2013: 22 games, 21 goals
Probably the best Colombian footballer ever… A great talent, which was discovered by Porto (once again, huh). Falcao without any doubts is one of the best strikers in the world right now. He’s almost a perfect striker. He always gets in the right position to score the goal and it’s impossible to predict him. Colombian can score with both foot and despite lack of centimeters, he’s a dangerous in aerial battles. Character is also an important thing for every footballer. Falcao is a fighter, he never stops and he never gives up. I’m sure he will move forward this summer. He’s able to play in any of European top clubs and most of those clubs are keeping him as a main target in the transfer market.
TOP 7 Colombian footballers in Europe
Club Brugge striker Carlos Bacca has been sensational this season. 19 goals in 23 games so far in Belgian league. Photo: tumblr.com[img src=http://futbols24mag.com/home/wp-content/flagallery/top-7-colombian-footballers-in-europe/thumbs/thumbs_david-ospina.jpg]410David Ospina
Colombian goalkeeper is one of the reasons, why Nice could qualify for European competitions. Photo: tumblr.com[img src=http://futbols24mag.com/home/wp-content/flagallery/top-7-colombian-footballers-in-europe/thumbs/thumbs_fredy-guarin.jpg]380Fredy Guarin
26 years old midfielder has became one of the leading players in Inter. Photo: tumblr.com[img src=http://futbols24mag.com/home/wp-content/flagallery/top-7-colombian-footballers-in-europe/thumbs/thumbs_juan-cuadrado.jpg]370Juan Cuadrado
Cuadrado has became one of the favorite players for Jose Mourinho. Colombian winger has made a great progress this season. Photo: tumblr.com[img src=http://futbols24mag.com/home/wp-content/flagallery/top-7-colombian-footballers-in-europe/thumbs/thumbs_james-rodriguez.jpg]511James Rodriguez
Young sensation of Colombian football has attracted a lot of attention from the European top teams in last few seasons. Photo: tumblr.com[img src=http://futbols24mag.com/home/wp-content/flagallery/top-7-colombian-footballers-in-europe/thumbs/thumbs_jackson-martinez.jpg]440Jackson Martinez
Amazing striker, who has been really productive so far in Portuguese league. 22 goals in 20 matches says it all... Photo: tumblr.com[img src=http://futbols24mag.com/home/wp-content/flagallery/top-7-colombian-footballers-in-europe/thumbs/thumbs_radamel-falcao.jpg]451Radamel Falcao
You need any comments here? Falcao is one of the best strikers in the world right now. Amazing talent! Photo: tumblr.com
In my opinion, those are the most brightest Colombian names in European football at the moment. You also can’t forger such Colombian players, like Cristian Zapata (Milan), Mario Yepes (Milan), Hugo Rodallega (Fulham), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli) and Pablo Armero (Napoli). Many nations could feel jealous on Colombia. Such talented players could surprise everyone in 2014 World Cup. Colombia have a good chances to qualify for this tournament and we can just wish a good luck for them!
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