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Juan Manuel Vargas
Personal information
Date of birth October 5, 1983 (1983-10-05) (age 26)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)[1]
Playing position Left wingback / Left winger
Club information
Current club ACF Fiorentina
Number 6
Youth career
1999–2001 Universitario de Deportes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Universitario 69 (8)
2005–2006 Colón 54 (4)
2006–2008 Catania 73 (6)
2008– Fiorentina 42
National team
2004– Peru 25 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 3, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 14, 2008

Juan Manuel Vargas (born 5 October 1983 in Lima), is a Peruvian international footballer who currently plays for Italian Serie A club ACF Fiorentina.


Club career


Early career

Vargas got his start in the popular Peruvian team Universitario de Deportes where he quickly earned a main spot in the team by 2004, given his great play and his crowd-pleasing goals at key moments. In 2005 he transferred to Argentine team Colón de Santa Fe, where he has also earned a spot in the starting line-up and the admiration of his coaches. In 2005 Boca Juniors became so impressed with the player that they bought 10% of his contract.


In August, 2006, he signed a four year contract with Catania.

He scored his first goal for Catania on 31 October 2007, in the 88th minute, tying Siena 1-1 and prolonging Catania's unbeaten streak to 7 games.[2] During his two year stay in Sicily, he was continuously one of their best players, and was always a first team regular. His performances helped the Sicilians to Serie A survival for two seasons. These impressive displays led to elite clubs around Europe chasing after the 23 year old's signature.


It was reported that Vargas had agreed to sign for Real Madrid on 17 May 2008[3][4] but on 5 July 2008 he joined Fiorentina for a fee of €12million.[5] Upon arriving in Florence he struggled in the left back position and was highly criticized, however after realizing his true potential as an attacking midfielder, he has become a crucial part to the Viola squad providing crucial assists, giving the squad great speed, and acting almost as a third forward.

On 24 November 2009, Vargas scored a critical spot kick goal that advanced Fiorentina onto the knock-out stages in the Champions League. This was the first time Fiorentina made it to the Round of 16 in 10 years.

Style of play

Vargas' regular position is left wing back but he has also played as a left midfielder for both club and country. Vargas plays at left back, on the wing, or in the midfield, in both offensive and defensive positions. Vargas impresses with his ability to dribble the ball and make remarkable shots on goal. He is also known for his free kick ability and accurate crosses. His Fiorentina teammate Alberto Gilardino stated that Vargas is probably the best "crosser" he has played with. [6]


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