Juan Manuel Vargas

Juan Manuel Vargas Risco (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwam maˈnwel ˈβaɾɣas]; born 5 October 1983) is a retired Peruvian footballer that played as a left back.

Juan Manuel Vargas
Vargas playing for Fiorentina in 2011
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel Vargas Risco
Date of birth (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Magdalena del Mar, Peru
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Left back, Winger
Youth career
1995 Universitario
1995–1999 Union Minas
1999–2001 Universitario
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Universitario 69 (7)
2005–2006 Colón 53 (4)
2006–2008 Catania 69 (5)
2008–2015 Fiorentina 147 (17)
2012–2013Genoa (loan) 20 (0)
2015–2016 Real Betis 20 (2)
2017–2018 Universitario 47 (6)
National team
2004–2016 Peru 62 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 January 2019

Vargas' previous clubs include Universitario, Colón, Catania, Genoa and Fiorentina. He played for Peru at international level. His last team was Universitario de Deportes.

Club career

Early career

Vargas received his start in the popular Peruvian team Universitario, 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 club Colón.


In August 2006, Vargas 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 seven matches.[2] During his two-year stay in Sicily, he was continuously one of their best players and was 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.


On 17 May 2008, it was reported Vargas had agreed to sign for Real Madrid,[3][4] but on 5 July 2008, he joined Fiorentina for a fee of 12 million.[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 became a crucial part of 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 UEFA Champions League. This was the first time Fiorentina made it to the round of 16 in ten years.

On the last day of the August 2012 transfer window, Vargas joined Serie A club Genoa on loan for the season, making 20 appearances before rejoining Fiorentina. He scored Fiorentina's goal in their 13 defeat to Napoli in the 2014 Coppa Italia Final.

Real Betis

On 12 August 2015, Vargas signed a two-year deal with Real Betis, newly promoted to La Liga, after his contract with Fiorentina expired.[6] He made his debut for the club on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal.[7]

On 31 August 2016, Vargas terminated his contract.[8]

Style of play

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 former Fiorentina teammate Alberto Gilardino stated that Vargas is probably the best crosser he has played with.[9]

International career

Vargas played his first match with the Peru national team against Paraguay in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with Paulo Autuori as head coach. He scored his first international goal on 12 September 2007 in a friendly match against Bolivia. He was sent off in the 2011 Copa América semi-final match for elbowing a Uruguayan player.

Personal life

Vargas currently lives with his longtime partner Blanca Rodríguez, and their three children: Luana Mia (born in 2007), Ánika Lía (born 28 December 2009), and Juan Manuel (born in 2011).[10]

Career statistics


As of 31 May 2015
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
ClubLeagueSeason Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Peru League Copa Inca South America Total
Universitario de Deportes Descentralizado 2002 31?31?
2003 251?30?281?
2004 416?416?
Total 69800003007280
Argentina League Cup South America Total
Colón Primera División 2004–05 183?000183?
2005–06 361?000361?
Total 54400000005440
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
Catania Serie A 2006–07 33030003303
2007–08 36544114065
Total 69574110007368
Fiorentina Serie A 2008–09 27320007013433
2009–10 2956300103442810
2010–11 24460002446
2011–12 24072002607
Total 104122150017351261526
Genoa Serie A 2012–13 20010002001
Total 20010000002001
Fiorentina Serie A 2013–14 24404203003160
2014–15 19111009312942
Total 4351520123160102
Career total 3593430143132664054337


As of 25 March 2016.
Peru national team

International appearances and goals

Statistics accurate as of match played



Universitario de Deportes



Peru national team


  1. "Juan Manuel Vargas". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  2. "Siena 1–1 Catania". XN.com. 31 October 2007. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  3. Luis Mira (17 May 2008). "Madrid Agree Terms With Vargas". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  4. "Real Madrid signed Juan Vargas according to Spanish and Italian media". Andina.com. 16 May 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  5. Salvatore Landolina (26 June 2008). "Vargas Signs For Fiorentina". Goal.com. Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  6. "El fichaje del peruano Juan Manuel Vargas por el Betis ya es oficial" [The signing of Peruvian Juan Manuel Vargas for Betis is already official] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  7. "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  8. "Juan Manuel Vargas leaves Real Betis". Real Betis. 31 August 2016. Archived from the original on 5 September 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  9. Rick D'Andrea (24 November 2009). "A Victory Well Deserved – Fiorentina's Alberto Gilardino". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  10. http://franco461301.blogspot.com/