Juan Manuel Vargas Risco
(born 5 October 1983 in Magdalena Del Mar
), is a Peruvian footballer
who plays as a wing-back for Italian Serie A
, and the Peru national team
and is currently the team's captain
. He is known as El Loco
("The Madman") or 'Jardo' to the fans.
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 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. 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 but on 5 July 2008 he joined Fiorentina
for a fee of €12million. Upon arriving in Florence he struggled in the left... Read More