Footballer’s father murdered when he was just five-years-old.
Chelsea’s £27m transfer deadline day signing Juan Cuadrado overcame family tragedy as a youngster to reach the top as a footballer.
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Cuadrado sealed a dream move to Stamford Bridge on Monday, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract, and this latest revelation symbolises an individual with great ambition to beat the odds, reports the Mail Online.
The 26-year-old was raised in the South West of Colombia, in the terrifying region of Tumaco. At just five-years-old the tragedy of his father’s death occurred – and the winger’s only memory of the incident is hiding under the bed while shots were fired by guerillas.
As a result the Colombia international was raised by his mother Marcela, and she has spoken of her happiness at seeing her son live out his dreams:
“Seeing his dreams come true has made me the happiest mum in the world,” Marcela Cuadrado said.
Chelsea’s new no.23 will be looking to hit the ground running following his dream move, and could make his debut against Aston Villa in the Premier League at the weekend.