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Top Facts about Carlos Bacca, the genius Colombian striker

Carlos Bacca is a Colombian footballer who has been playing professionally since he was 21 years old. His journey of chasing his dreams and securing a place for himself in the infinite world of football is quite interesting to know, so keep reading our top facts about Carlos Bacca.

Carlos Bacca plays in the striker position and he has been named as the best player of the year twice during his career in Sevilla. His skills and physical abilities make him one of a kind. With the combination of a keen eyesight and a pace worthy of admiration, has got the whole package altogether.

An interesting

fact about Carlos Bacca

is that one of his tactics is to distract the opponents by dribbling while he actually tries to make some space for himself towards the goals.

Despite the truth that he wasn’t really successful at the beginning of his professional career, he gradually trained himself both mentally and physically, and it all resulted in improving his stamina, concentration as well as quick moves that made him a brilliant player on the field.

The followings are top facts about Carlos Bacca:

Ever since his childhood, most of his neighbors used to call Bacca ‘El Peluca’ which literally means 'the wig'. Apparently they gave him this nickname because he used to have a funny hair style as he himself explains:

“It was because my head was full of hair when I was a kid. If you refer to me as Carlos in my town, nobody would know it’s me, but if you asked for ‘El Peluca’, everybody would point you to me.”

Carlos Bacca’s Biography

Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada was born on 8 September 1986 to the father Gilberto Bacca and mother Eloisa Ahumada. His hometown is Puerto Colombia, a small town in Colombia. Carlos’ father was a fisherman and along with his mother, the whole family would try to earn a living.

Even Carlos himself gradually started his father’s career since he didn’t have enough money to afford his life. After some time he chose to continue his career as a bus conductor at the age of 20, as he himself says:

“At the age of 20, I lived in a village in Puerto Colombia, working as a bus conductor. Life at that time was far from convenience. I came from a poor family and had to make money to support them.”

Somehow his parents always knew about Carlos’ passion for football; therefore, he decided to use the opportunity to challenge himself.

But nobody can ever become a superstar in one day. The sure thing was that Bacca was struggling at the beginning of his career, even to the point of completely giving up on playing. In this regard, he also spoke out in an interview:

“The door to football was closed for me and at that time, that was not something I needed to reconsider. But then I did a trial for Junior de Barranquilla and fortunately, they chose me.

“On my first match, I was getting teased a lot. Nobody knew me. Then, I made the first two touches and successfully scored. The goal that day really changed my life.”

Carlos Bacca’s Club Career

Although Carlos Bacca’s youth career is in question, he certainly did start playing professionally first with

Atletico Junior

in 2007. More specifically, he started his senior career in 2006 but as previously stated, since he didn’t have lots of chances to play and show his full potential, he had to work at the same time as a bus conductor to back up his family.


Subsequently, for a short while he joined


F.C. on loan where he did a great job making 27 appearances and scoring 12 goals on the whole. After Barranquilla, Bacca moved to Minerven on a season-long loan.

With Bacca’s contribution throughout the 29 appearances he made and the 12 goals he scored, Minerven F.C. secured its spot as the second place in the league. At the end of the season, Carlos Bacca once more joined Barranquilla on another loan which resulted in the sum of 19 appearances as well as 14 goals. As a result, he became the league top scorer.

Atletico Junior

Finally Bacca had a chance to impress his coach back in Atletico Junior when he returned to the club in 2008. His performance in the entire season was worthy of admiration; as a matter of fact, all the efforts made him the top goal scorer in the 2009 Copa Colombia.


fact about Carlos Bacca

is that in both 2010 and 2011 he became the top goalscorer as well as the winner of the Categoría Primera A.

Bacca made a huge impact on other football clubs as well. In actuality, various teams gradually became interested in working with this Colombian footballer, one by one they tried to reach him.

As an example, Bacca almost joined the Russian football club,

Lokomotiv Moscow

, but the plans got cancelled when they signed Felipe Caicedo as their new striker.

Club Brugge

The next season also started with a new football club, as Carlos Bacca joined the Belgian side

Club Brugge

. According to official statements, the contract was worth the significant amount of €1.5 million for a period of three years.

On 21 January 2012, Carlos Bacca made his first appearance for the new club in a 1-0 loss at


. He scored his first league goal for Club Brugge 3 months later on 15 April in a 1-0 win over



However, in the early days of his career in the Belgian team, he sort of had difficulties showing off his full potential and to find his spot on the first team. Anyhow after striving in the play-offs, he became a regular player in the first team.

In the beginning of season 2012-2013, Carlos Bacca officially stated that he wants to leave Club Brugge. But he actually ended up signing another contract with the club until 2016. Also the season fnished with Bacca being named as the league’s top goalscorer as well as winning the title of ‘the Player of the Year’.


Nevertheless, Bacca’s career in Brugge came to an end when he left the club for Spanish side


on 9 July 2013. To sum up his time in the Belgian team, it is worthy to mention that he made 45 league appearances besides scoring 28 goals.

Allegedly, the five-year deal between Bacca and Sevilla was worth €7 million plus a €30 million buy-out release clause.

Almost three weeks later, in a game against


for the Copa EuroAmericana, Carlos Bacca scored his debut goal for Sevilla which ended the game with a 3-1 win.

Also 18 days after scoring his first competitive goal in 3-0 victory against Mladost Podgorica, Carlos Bacca made his La Liga debut in a 1-3 home loss to

Atletico Madrid

. Later on 25 September, in a fixture against Rayo Vallecano, he scored his first two league goals which contributed in a 4-1 victory.

The 2013-2014 La Liga season was a breakthrough for Carlos Bacca as well as a massive victory for Sevilla. To support this statement, it has to be said that for the Europa League quarter-final that took place on 10 April 2014, Bacca scored the third goal of a 4-1 win over


, and then four days later in the finals against


, Carlos scored in the penalty shootout which resulted in Sevilla winning the trophy.

At the end of the season, Bacca was voted for both the best signing of the 2013-2014 La Liga season from the daily newspaper, Marca and the season's best player from the Americas in the La Liga Awards. Other nominees for the latter award were Barcelona's Neymar and Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria.

Subsequently, Bacca decided to extend his contract with Sevilla on 30 September 2014 for 4 more years. However, after making 72 appearances as well as scoring 34 goals on the whole, Carlos Bacca joined the Serie A club


on 2 July 2015 after they activated the buyout clause of €30 million.

AC Milan

Bacca made his debut in a friendly match over

Inter Milan

that finished with Milan winning the fixture. But his competitive debut actually occurred on 17 August in a 2-0 victory at


for the 3rd round of Coppa Italia.

Nearly two weeks later, he also scored his first goal for the new club in a match over


that resulted in a 2-1 home win. On 19 September, Bacca impressed everyone by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 home win over Palermo.

Also in the 2015-2016 Coppa Italia, Bacca scored a rabona-style goal in a match between Milan and Carpi which took Milan to the semi-finals. The team even made it to the finals but at the end, with the notable contribution of Bacca, Milan became the runners-up.

It was time to move on from Milan as Carlos Bacca decided to join the Spanish football club,


on 16 August 2017. At first he was loaned to Villarreal for a season on a €2.5 million deal plus an option to buy him for an additional €15.5 million.

It took the club a year to actually buy Carlos Bacca, therefore from 17 August 2018 he has been a regular player in the first-team.

Carlos Bacca’s International Career

In a 1-1 draw over


, Carlos Bacca had his debut for Colombia’s national team at senior level on 11 August 2010, he also scored his first international goal on the same day. His second goal was socred in a 3-0 victory against Cameroon two years later.

After scoring a goal in a game between


and Senegal on 31 May 2014, Bacca was included in the Colombian squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Although he just appeared once in the quarter-finals playing in a 1-2 defeat over



He was also selected for the Colombia's 23-man squad in May 2015 to play at the 2015 Copa America. But in the second match of the tournament, a controversy between Neymar and Bacca, got the two of them into trouble.

When Neymar was trying to throw a headbutt at Jeison Murillo, Bacca in a quick move pushed him aside which resulted in a two-match ban for Bacca and a suspension for four matches for Neymar.

After the game, Bacca’s mother in reaction to what happened between the footballers on the field said:

“If I'd have been in the stadium I would have taken off my high heel and hit Neymar; I know many women in the stadium would have joined me.

"I didn't teach him (Bacca) things like that… I was really annoyed because I've never seen this attitude of Carlos in the game before and so I sent him a message telling him off because he didn't need to react that way.


fact about Carlos Bacca

is that he was also included in the Colombian squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to play in Russia.

Carlos Bacca’s Personal Life

Carlos Bacca has been in a long-term relationship with Shayira Santiago, even before they decided to tie the knot in 2010 when he was still playing for Atletico Junior. Allegedly, there was no other woman in Carlos’ life before he met Shayira.

The fruits of this marriage were three beloved children. Carlos is the proud father of three, a daughter named Karla Valentina Bacca and a son called Carlos Daniel Bacca. His third child, a beautiful daughter was also born recently. 

Bacca’s family have always supported him through the hardships as he himself once admitted that when he was struggling to maintain his spot and to score a goal, his family were there encouraging him and inspiring him with positivity and to look on the bright side.

Carlos Bacca has several times posted pictures of his family altogether, spending good times and having fun. It is quite crystal clear that family is the number one priority in this Colombian footballer’s life.

Carlos Bacca’s Social Media

For legendary footballers like Carlos Bacca whose fans are constantly looking for ways to keep in touch with their idol, social media platforms are such bless!

Luckily enough, Carlos Bacca is active on three of the most used and popular social media websites which gives the fans the opportunity to take a close look at their idol’s personal life.

For more details, Bacca’s Twitter account (


) is where he once in a while shares some of latest news related to his career with more than 1.3 million followers, his Instagram page (


) is also where he posts a selection of some of the memorable moments of both his life with over 1.1 million followers. Carlos’ Facebook account (


) is also accessible with 2.1 million followers from around the world.

Carlos is mostly known for being incredibly friendly and grateful around his fans, which might be a convincible explanation on why he has got many followers wherever his name leaves a mark. And of course another key to this question is the fact about Carlos Bacca that he is a genius in the boundless world of football.

More Facts about Carlos Bacca

  • Full name:

    Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada

  • Birth date:

    8 September 1986

  • Birth place:

    Puerto Colombia, Colombia

  • Height:

    1.81 m

  • Weight:

    77 kg

  • Preferred foot:


Carlos Bacca is known as an extremely determined and optimistic person, even when there might be a chance of failure, he never second guesses himself and most of the times with his bravery achieves what he exactly wants. Even he himself acknowledges this trait of his by saying:

“I got up and continued to live. Brave people are not those who let themselves sink. Brave people are those who are able to rise stronger.”

One fact about Carlos Bacca is that before moving to Club Brugge F.C. he had always dreamt of playing in one of the European teams. He has several times talked about it publicly and when he actually joined the Belgian team, once more proved everyone that nothing is impossible.

Just like so many other people, Carlos has always admired Cristiano Ronaldo, he even believes that Ronaldo and him are similar in some ways as they are both cold-blooded. Once in an interview Bacca admitted that he is fascinated by how powerful Ronaldo is and also the fact that he always tricks the opponents in the most surprising ways.

Carlos Bacca’s parents, Gilberto Bacca and Eloisa Ahumada both acknowledge that ever since childhood all he ever wanted to do was to play football and only football.

They said that even when they bought him toys such as cars, he would somehow end up playing with a soccer ball. Therefore his family knew that their son was born to become a football player.

Carlos Bacca’s Net Worth and Salary

Although Carlos Bacca used to live a life with a poor condition, having multiple jobs to support his own family, we can pretty much certainly say that now he is seeing all the consequences of his massive efforts towards his goals.

He owns all these accomplishments to himself for never stopping in the middle of the way even when things started to get overwhelming and really tough. He never gave in, in point of fact, difficulty made him much more determined and stronger than he could have ever been.

One fact to know about Carlos Bacca is that he had the highest market value when he left Sevilla F.C. for AC Milan which according to the official statements, would be something around €25.00 million.

But if you want to know about

Carlos Bacca’s current market value

, it is the estimated number of €1.80 million. On a weekly basis, he receives the amount of £67,000 which makes the sum of £3,484,000 a year.

Although details of his properties have never been the matter to discuss, reportedly

Carlos Bacca’s net worth

is nearly $12.8 million.

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