Juan Fernando is one of the largest sculptures in the recent history of the Quintero River. Beyond the fact that he is currently not at his best, there is no doubt that his scintillating goal against Boca in the final of the Copa Libertadores 2018 in Madrid was recorded in the retinas of the fans, Inscribed his surname forever in the golden pages of the club.
Juanfar wants to regain his best level. Photo: River Press.
After passing through China, The Colombian returned to Nez earlier this year and still could not find the football to which he was accustomed to Marcelo Gallardo and company, With two tears in between. Last weekend, in a loss against Sarmiento, he entered the second half and left behind his weak levels of the season: He showed himself, tried free kicks and refreshed the team when needed.
Quintero in a match against Sarmiento.
Trying to rediscover his best version, the 29-year-old midfielder was interviewed by a Colombian YouTube channel “Dimello King”. in the matter, Juanfer described how the conversation with Gallardo “deeply” accelerates his return to the river, in addition to the “new opportunities” that a return meant for him and why he thinks about retiring before 35. .
Juanfer: River to River to the Retiro
His current in the river: “I am happy. This is a new opportunity, everything is very positive. I am grateful to God and to life.”
Fans love him so much… Is it just because of what he did in Madrid? “The goal against Boca is unforgettable. It’s something that marked the river fan, but there were many moments. People feel identified with football, because that’s how the team’s history has been and what I can do on the field. It communicates affection.”
why did you go to china? “There are many things and it depends on the situation you are experiencing. It cannot be denied that it is a job. It is not a business for the players. It is a business for the club and for all is a ‘company’ and wants to improve in many aspects. Soccer is a passion, but in the end it is a business. And it’s the same everywhere. There are things you can’t say. They’re soccer, Business, things about that change. One’s life is a lot. China is incredible, I loved it. Unfortunately I played there during the pandemic and every time I traveled I had to quarantine for three weeks. It was tough. I talked about it with the club and they let me come to the river.”
Juanfar assured to be happy in the river.
His link with Gallardo: “I’ve been friends with him for a long time, whether he’s my coach or not. He’s a very honest person. The issue was whether he was still in the river or not and when he reported that he was still leaving, we We went deeper. We showed interest from both sides and here I am”.
With Colombia not qualifying for the World Cup: “It was a very difficult moment for everyone. A few days later I got injured. No one is psychologically prepared for it. There are things that we experience that we don’t expose because someone has a personal ‘duality’. ‘
Quinto in training with Borja. Photo Diego Haliaz / River Press.
Louis Diaz: “He is a crack and he is very sorry for not qualifying for the World Cup. We look forward to getting back on our feet and fighting again.”
Does it reach the 2026 World Cup? “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but as long as I’m active, I want to go to the national team. I’ve been going since I was 19, I got the opportunity to be in two World Cups, in the qualifiers … everything on a team basis, not individually. If we get results, Colombia will be in that World Cup.”
Retirement: “Turning 35 or 36? I hope and God allows it, but I don’t think I’ll get there. I think 33 or 34 is fair. I’ve been in professional football since I was 15. One starts working after retirement, because there are many things that we have experienced. Time passes and it doesn’t come back. You want to share things with your family and people who have Love you the most. Everything has its pros and cons, but I am one of those who thinks not even 35”.
Among the topics they talked about were Colombians talking about their retirement.
where will you retire? “Anything can happen. I’m a Medellin fan, but you never know. People have always crucified me for this, but I love Nacional so much and I thank them because they have brought me to the world.” I love them very much and I am very grateful, but I am a Medellin fan and I also fulfilled my desire to play there.”
Would you play in Junior de Barranquilla? “You never know, it could happen. It’s a big Colombian team, respected and impossible to say no.”
Do you see yourself as a Technical Director? “No, zero. For now I do not feel it. I respect him very much, but I think it is a very difficult situation. If God allows it, after retirement I will continue in football Will not stay, I have other projects”.
After football, Juanfer took on other projects.
music: “I do what I love and I can make mistakes, without hurting anyone. After football, my brother’s project (Mateo) is the most important of my life. With my family we are going with him And I’m involved in that. But I don’t as an artist. I like music as a hobby, I’m not an artist or singer. In dreams with my brother it’s like he was mine”.
an unfulfilled dream: “It’s going to sound weird, but I’ve always dreamed of facing Messi and I could never do it, for one reason or another. The last Copa America didn’t let me travel from China, the last time in Chile. I was injured… it was always a dream to face him and meet him. I know it will happen at some point, but it hasn’t touched me in the qualifiers. It’s really a dream. I’ve played the Champions League , Europa League, I have been in Italy, Portugal, France, I have played World Cup and he has given it to me. I aspire to surpass him at some point. It will definitely happen. I admire him very much, Because he guides us: he’s left-handed, short… I’ve followed him since I was very young. He’s the player I admire the most”.
Quintero after replacing Boca at Madrid.
Do you have a dream to wear the shirts of clubs like Barcelona or Real Madrid? “I am a person who flows to this day. I do not go further. You never know, at one time I was close to Madrid and I had a ligament injury, but everything is for good. Between those two teams , I choose Madrid. I respect Madrid a lot. Barcelona, but I’m a fan of Madrid. I’m great with the river, because we won the most important cup in that stadium. That’s also going to be my home, life for.”
his future: “I’m happy here in the river, but it’s football and you never know what could happen. I’m going to go on with life and with what it brings, we’ll get through it and nothing else.”