Wason Rentería

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Wason Rentería
Personal information
Full name Wason Libardo Rentería Cuesta
Date of birth (1985-07-04) 4 July 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Quibdó, Colombia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
La Equidad
Number 18
Youth career
2001–2002 Patriotas
2002–2004 Boyacá Chicó
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Boyacá Chicó 43 (13)
2005–2006 Internacional 35 (6)
2007–2010 Porto 6 (0)
2007–2008 Strasbourg (loan) 28 (9)
2008–2009 Braga (loan) 28 (6)
2009 Atlético Mineiro (loan) 15 (1)
2010 Braga (loan) 12 (3)
2011 Once Caldas 14 (10)
2011–2012 Caxias Sul 0 (0)
2011–2012 Santos (loan) 13 (2)
2012–2013 Millonarios 51 (18)
2014 Racing Club 2 (0)
2015– La Equidad 18 (5)
National team
2005–2009 Colombia 20 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Wason Libardo Rentería Cuesta (born 4 July 1985) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for La Equidad as a striker.

Club career

Born in Quibdó, Rentería began professionally with Boyacá Chicó FC, in 2004. The following year, he was included in the Colombian team that took part in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

After his performances with under-20s, Rentería was transferred to Sport Club Internacional in Brazil. There he showed his flair, usually coming off the bench to score goals in a series of pivotal situations, the first being one that earned a quarterfinal berth in the 2006 edition of the Libertadores Cup which the club would eventually win, at Uruguay's Club Nacional de Football – he hit the ball over an oncoming defender's head with his right foot and first timed it past the goalkeeper with his left one; despite often playing backup to Rafael Sobis, who would then move to Real Betis, he became an important offensive element and a fan favourite.

Rentería's form was, however, cut short by a series of injuries that left him out of the side subsequently. In the 2007 January transfer window he signed for FC Porto in Portugal[1] for R$7,457,400, but all of the fee belonged to a third-party owner; in reverse, International had to pay an additional commission to the football broker.[2] Porto, on the other hand, re-sold 50% of its economic rights on any future transfer.

However, Rentería appeared rarely for the eventual champions – six matches, five as a substitute – and was sent on loan to RC Strasbourg seven months later. In spite of his nine Ligue 1 goals (squad best), the club finished second from the bottom, and he returned to Porto, being immediately loaned to fellow Primeira Liga side S.C. Braga; he was an undisputed starter throughout his first and only campaign, often partnering Albert Meyong,[3] and also netted three goals in the Minho team's round-of-16 run in the UEFA Cup.

Porto would loan Rentería again for 2009–10, as he joined Clube Atlético Mineiro on 22 July 2009.[4] However, in January 2010 he moved teams again – still loaned – returning to league leaders Braga who would eventually finish second.

In January 2011 Rentería returned to his country after a six-year absence, signing with Once Caldas from Manizales and scoring on a regular basis for the team. In June, however, he changed clubs and countries again, joining Mexico's Cruz Azul for three years; however, just days after arriving, he rescinded his contract after failing his medical.

Subsequently Rentería returned to Brazil and signed with Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul, being loaned to Santos FC until December 2011 or June 2012.[5]

International career

Rentería represented Colombia at under-17, under-20 and senior levels. He made his full debuts in 2005, and appeared for the nation at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 8 September 2007 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru 1–2 2–2 Friendly
2. 12 September 2007 El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia  Paraguay 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3. 26 March 2008 Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States  Honduras 1–1 2–1 Friendly
4. 28 March 2009 El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia  Bolivia 2–0 2–0 2010 World Cup qualification

Personal life

Rentería's younger brother, Carlos, is also a footballer and a striker. Amongst others, he played for Atlético Nacional.[6]


  1. Porto sign Colombian striker Rentería; UEFA.com, 29 January 2007
  2. "Relatório da diretoria (2007)" (PDF) (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. Retrieved 27 April 2012. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Improving Braga back to their best; UEFA.com, 9 January 2009
  4. "Presidente anuncia via Twitter a contratação do colombiano Rentería" (in Portuguese). Atlético Mineiro's website. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  5. Renteria assina com o Santos nesta segunda-feira (19) (Rentería signs with Santos this Monday (19)); R7 Esportes, 16 September 2011 (Portuguese)
  6. Hermanos Rentería podrían jugar juntos en Atlético Nacional (Rentería brothers could play together in Atlético Nacional); El País, 19 July 2011 (Spanish)

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