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“Our professional footballer, Christian Alberto Cueva, was excluded from the squad for his undisciplined behavior in line with the report and request of our technical director Hamza Hamzaglu ”.

November 24, 2020. The statement from the Yeni Malatyaspor of Turkey It did not provide further details of what happened, but it did make one thing clear: Christian Cueva had hit rock bottom. The Peruvian who once touched more than 30 million Peruvians with his demonic dribble was leaving the back door of a club for the third time in less than two years. At the end of 2019 he was separated from Santos of Brazil due to indiscipline after a player just 16 games of the 60 that his club played, and in mid-2020 he left Pachuca (Mexico) after four months and three games.

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The question of what happened to the best Peruvian player in the qualifying round for Russia 2018 was answered precisely in that ending that should have been happy: Russia. The missed penalty against Denmark was his cross. Cueva himself knew how to explain it at some point: “I will be marked for life, but I will have revenge”.

Christian Cueva is consoled by his teammates on the way to the locker room.  The Peruvian had missed a penalty against Denmark at the 2018 World Cup in Russia (Photo: Reuters)
Christian Cueva is consoled by his teammates on the way to the locker room. The Peruvian had missed a penalty against Denmark at the 2018 World Cup in Russia (Photo: Reuters)

From that wrong post-criminal moment, ‘Aladino ‘suffered the worst sentence that a footballer can have. He was a meme, poster, university exam question and a victim of idlers who wanted to decide for his life, as if theirs were perfect.

Christian spent the next two and a half after Russia in a cave. In a hole with no way out. Until he made the decision that seems to have changed his life.

“I got a call from his representative and then I spoke with Christian. He told me that he had been following my work on social networks, that he wanted to recover. I was very bad emotionally, down, I was not having a good time. We coordinated the days because he was still in Turkey and as soon as he stepped on Lima soil, he left for Trujillo. I also went there “, start counting Jose Neyra, the sports coach who not only prepares great footballers, he also recovers them. And that’s what he did with Cueva.

“From day one we spoke things very clearly. I was not going for a walk, I was not going to post photos and say that I entered Christian Cueva. It was an opportunity to show my work. We have lived with him and his family since before Christmas. At night we talked a lot”, remember. “People who have gone through difficult things in life have something to convey. I did that. I motivated him according to my experiences, I convinced him that he still had the ability to continue enjoying football. We work a lot on the spiritual part, an extremely important side. When we put God first, anything is possible, Add.

Christian He went to José with the sole objective of finding himself again. And for that you had to make sacrifices. He trained non-stop for hours, on a double shift. Even on Christmas and New Years day. The criticisms came daily like the proposals of some Peruvian soccer clubs. No one suspected that he was focused on being the ’10’ that people loved.

“I did not know him, but during this time I have discovered a great person. It has a family burden. I very much remember the first video I uploaded with him and people started criticizing him. His family was very affected, they are the ones who suffer the most. But there we sealed the entire commitment to support him, not to turn our back on him as many did. I admire his parents, his wife and daughters. They are always there, they never left him alone. He, of course, is also very strong, he wanted to overcome that difficult stage, he did his part, but, I repeat, the spiritual part saved him. I told him: ‘God expects a little more from us.’ That phrase was marked to him. That closeness he had with God helped him a lot. If you check, his social networks are always related to the spiritual side, to his familyexplains José.

As an example of life, Christian he recovered. It was reborn. He went from depression to being determined to get ahead. At that moment came the proposal of the Al Fateh from Saudi Arabia.

Christian Cueva extends his stay in Arabia
Christian Cueva extends his stay in Arabia

Saudi Arabia, its place in the world?

On January 25, 2021, Christian Cueva surprises more than one by signing for Al Fateh of Saudi Arabia. Following in the footsteps of André Carrillo (figure consolidated in Al Hilal), ‘Aladino’ arrived in the Arab country to reap what was sown. He debuted on February 4 and since then he has not stopped doing what he loves most: playing. And, of course, do play. The Peruvian attacker has played every game since he arrived (16 of 16), scored 5 goals and gave six assists. Last Monday the club announced its renewal until 2023.

“If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram you can see that there is always a photo of him smiling. There you can see that he is happy and that is why we all love them. He is a great player, but he does not act like a star and that is why we love him many “said his technician a month ago in a interview with Sport Total in one of his many compliments to the Peruvian. Cueva finally feels loved.

Christian Cueva a while ago it stopped being ‘Cuevita’. But in that process of maturity he made a mistake, he stumbled. Nobody wanted to understand it. Quite the opposite. They judged, criticized and insulted him. He hit bottom at some point and managed to get over it. With a double date of Playoffs very important for the peruvian team and the America Cup just around the corner, our ’10 ′ lives his best football moment. Y Ricardo Gareca feel an inner peace that you haven’t felt for a long time.

This is how Christian Cueva has done after the 2018 World Cup in Russia

YEAR CLUB PJ / GOALS PJ OF HIS TEAM %PJ
2021 Al Fateh 14/5 14 100%
2020 Malatyaspor 8/0 17 47%
2020 Pachuca 3/0 5 60%
2019 Santos 16/0 60 27%
2019 Krasnodar 15/1 26 58%

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