Forget Shaq, Ochocinco and Mark Cuban. The best sports follow on Twitter may just be Juan Agudelo: @juanagudelo17.
The 19-year-old soccer star hopes to represent the U.S. this summer at the Olympics in London, and he's built quite a following for his play on the pitch and in social media. Agudelo has gained more than 30,000 followers in a relatively short amount of time, thanks to tackling a wide and bizarre array of topics. There are his longings for a Kardashian and Adriana Lima, impromptu musical performances and even a picture of him feeding a baby tiger.
The latter occurred last month when Agudelo was in Cancun.
"I saw this guy on the street and I thought the tiger was fake," he says. "I got closer and it was real. So I bargained with him for a picture."
Two weeks ago, Agudelo tweeted that he was playing piano in a hotel lobby in Nashville and the gathering crowd actually thought he worked there. But the soccer virtuoso doesn't have the same title on the keys. He's never had lessons.
"I go on YouTube and see how people play and I just remember," Agudelo says. "I can't read notes, but my memory isn't bad."
He also claims to dabble with the flute as well.
Agudelo has even made a public pitch to be the next Bachelor on the ABC reality show. "Who wouldn't want to surround themselves with all those beautiful women?" he asks. It's all just part of the mélange that makes up his twisted timeline.
But the 140-character missives belie a seriousness toward the sport that Agudelo has been focused on almost since birth. Originally from Manizales, Colombia, he moved to New Jersey when he was 8, and trained at the New York Red Bulls Academy. He currently plays for their MLS club, but is away now preparing with the U.S. men's team for this summer.
"I've always wanted to be a part of the Olympics and now maybe have the opportunity to be there," says Agudelo, who's sponsored by Team Kellogg's. "There isn't a better place to play the sport than London."
He should know. Agudelo spent some time this winter with Liverpool FC and traveled with them to a match there. He counts London as his favorite city because of everyone's passion for soccer, "and the accents."
Team USA has high expectations for the upcoming Olympics despite being knocked out of the first round group stage in Beijing in 2008. Agudelo credits that belief to an incredible chemistry, especially between the vets and newcomers, and the addition of new coach Jürgen Klinsmann. They're looking forward to challenging the world's best and have already begun testing themselves in friendly matches. On Feb. 29, Agudelo scored to help the team defeat Mexico 2-0.
With so much focus on his gold medal goal, it's probably a good thing he can keep it light through social media. From models to movie reviews, Agudelo's Twitter account is a grab bag.
In the words of Forrest Gump, you never know what you're going to get.
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