At Brazil 2014, Juan Quintero, then 21 years of age, made an excellent impression, playing a part in three matches and scoring a fine goal against Côte d'Ivoire. Having starred for Colombia at youth level and scored the Goal of the Tournament at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013, the attacking midfielder caught the eye of Jose Pekerman early on due to his impressive technique and phenomenal left foot.
Indeed, were it not for his inconsistency, the unquestionably talented player would have likely been called up much more regularly over the years. As it happened, Quintero did not play at all during the South American qualifiers, but after two years away from the senior national squad, his resurgent form at River Plate saw him return to the fold. A big-game player, the Medellin native will now be looking to prove his worth on the biggest stage of all.