South America is known for its vast production of great young talents and we usually see 2 or more pop up every year but there is one in particular that has gone under the radar by some fans and clubs across the world but has had some surprising interest from one of the world biggest clubs in Barcelona. That man is the Colombian powerhouse Carlos Ibarguen. The 21 year old has made a name for himself in South America playing for Cortulua in the Colombia Primera A where he scored 28 goals in 89 games and had a breakout year in 2015 in which he bagged himself 20 goals in 35 games, including being top scorer in the Copa Nacional with 5 goals, and lead him being snapped up by Mexican Giants Tigres the very next season.
Carlos Began his professional career at Colombian Side Cortulua where he would be dubbed by some as one of the best prospects in South America and rightly so as he made his professional debut at just 17 years of age against Tigres in the Colombia Primera B on the 2nd of February. Just 15 days later Ibarguen scored his first Professional goal for his side in a 2-1 win and this would get the people of Colombia talking and praising the young player. In just his first season with the side he managed to score 4 goals in 10 starts which is a tremendous return for a 17 year old who was only playing youth football prior to the season. His great talent kept him in the side and he even managed to bag himself a starting role in the side at just 18 years of age. He finished the season with a respectable amount of 4 goals in 20 games but he was still putting in good performances and getting the fans ready for what would be his best spell.
2015 was his best year and certainly one to look back on for him as he was a vital part of Cortulua’s rise to the top flight of Colombian football. With 15 goals in 32 appearances in the league his great finishing guided them to where they rightly belonged, he also bagged himself 5 goals in the Copa Nacional and finished as the competitions top scorer. His great form attracted interest from the Mexican giants Tigres and it only seemed right for him to take the next step in his career and push on to maybe playing in Europe. His great form would not go unnoticed by his country either as he was selected to represent Colombia in the U20 World cup. Unfortunately he failed to find the next in the 2 games he played in the competition but that did not bring down his confidence and he would push on.
In his first season at Tigres The Colombian was not able to break into the first team and was loaned out straight away back to his homeland to play for Santa Fe. Even though he did not play many games for the side he played a key moment in helping the side reach the group stage of the Copa Libertadores by scoring 2 goals in his first game for them. Unfortunately in the league he found getting starts hard to come by and he finished his spell with the side scoring 5 goals in 15 games but he still was showing teams just how talented he really is and there is no doubt Tigres were impressed by his ability and skill. The young lad was loaned out yet again the same season in time for the Clausura part of the Primera A League season but he was this time loaned to Independiente Medellin. Ibarguen became an instant success with the side after he scored a 77th minute winner against Santa Cruz to take his side through to the quater-finals of the Copa Sudamericana. With the run of form he was on in recent years there had to be someone from Europe interested in the young player and there indeed was when it was rumoured that Barcelona wanted his signature. Unfortunately the interest never materialised and the Colombian is still out on loan with Independiente Medellin.
Carlos Ibarguen is a fantastic young talent who would be a great addition to any top European side. His flair and great finishing ability would be a key asset to a team who needs a great goalscorer. A great set piece taker who is not only pacy but very strong has a bright future ahead of him and the lad has great ambitions that will 100% lead him on to play in Europe one day in the near future but for now he will continue to make a name for himself in South America.