|Full name||Christian Alberto Cueva Bravo|
|Date of birth||23 November 1991|
|Place of birth||Trujillo, Peru|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
(on loan from Krasnodar)
|2005–2006||Racing de Huamachuco|
|2007–2008||Universidad San Martín|
|2008–2012||Universidad San Martín||121||(19)|
|2012||Universidad César Vallejo||5||(0)|
|2013||Unión Española B||2||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||1||(0)|
|2014||→ Rayo Vallecano B (loan)||8||(5)|
|2019–||→ Santos (loan)||5||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2019
Christian Alberto Cueva Bravo (born 23 November 1991) is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays for Brazilian club Santos FC on loan from Russian club FC Krasnodar and the Peru national football team as an attacking midfielder.
Born in Trujillo, Cueva started his career playing for amateurs Instituto Pedagógico Nacional Monterrico, at the age of 14. In August 2007, he played for a Huamachuco representative side in a friendly against Universidad San Martín, impressing enough to secure a subsequent move to the club's under-20 side.
On 12 April 2008, aged only 16, Cueva made his first team – and Torneo Descentralizado – debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–1 away loss against Universidad César Vallejo. On 16 July, in only his third senior match, he scored his team's second goal in a 4–0 home routing of the same opponent.
Cueva finished his first senior season with two goals in 18 appearances, as his side was crowned champions. He only became a regular starter for the side from the 2010 season onwards, and finished his spell at the club with 20 goals in 121 league appearances.
On 24 January 2013, after being linked to a move to Ponte Preta, he was announced at Chilean Primera División side Unión Española. He made his debut abroad on 3 February, replacing Matías Abelairas in a 2–1 away loss against Rangers de Talca.
On 1 March 2014, after being rarely used by manager Paco Jémez, Cueva was assigned to the reserves in Tercera División. On his debut for the B-team nine days later, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–2 defeat of Internacional de Madrid.
On 18 August 2014, free agent Cueva returned to his home country after agreeing to a 18-month contract with Alianza Lima. A regular starter during the 2014 Clausura Tournament, he was handed a six-match suspension after being sent off in a 1–0 loss to Real Garcilaso for the 2015 Apertura Tournament; the sentence was later reduced to three matches.
Cueva's first goal for the Red Devils came on 20 August 2015, as he scored the opener in a 1–1 draw at Zacatepec, also for the national cup. He was regularly used during the campaign, contributing with four league goals in 36 appearances.
Cueva scored his first goal for Tricolor on 17 July 2016, netting the opener in a 1–1 draw at rivals Corinthians through a penalty kick. Fourteen days later, he scored a brace in a 2–2 home draw against Chapecoense, and finished the season with a career-best seven goals in 24 appearances.
On 22 February 2017, Cueva extended his contract until 2021. However, he subsequently had multiple indiscipline problems, being fined twice and having a face off with teammate Rodrigo Caio due to the club's poor results.
On 19 July 2018, Cueva signed a four-year contract with the Russian Premier League club FC Krasnodar. Mainly used as a substitute, his only goal for the club occurred on 5 December, as he scored his team's second in a 2–2 Russian Cup home draw against FC Rostov.
On 7 February 2019, Cueva returned to Brazil after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with Santos FC, with an obligation to buy on a three-year contract on 31 January 2020, for an estimated fee of € 6 million. He made his debut two days later, starting in a 1–0 home win against Mirassol.
Cueva represented Peru at under-20 level in the 2011 South American Youth Championship. He made his full international debut on 1 June 2011, starting in a 0–0 draw against Japan, for the year's Kirin Cup.
Cueva was included in Peru's squad for the 2015 Copa América, and scored the team's opening goal of the tournament in a 2–1 loss to Brazil. He was an undisputed starter during the tournament, helping his side finish in the third place and being named one of the best midfielders of the competition.
Cueva was also named in Ricardo Gareca's squad for the Copa América Centenario, and scored the opening goal in an eventual 2–2 draw against Ecuador at University of Phoenix Stadium on 8 June 2016. However, in the quarterfinals against Colombia, the match went to a penalty shootout, and Cueva missed his spot kick as his side were eliminated 2–4 as a result of this. He was also a first-choice during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, helping his side qualify to the final stage after a 36-year absence.
On 4 June 2018, Cueva was named in Peru's provisional 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.
|Universidad San Martín||2008||Torneo Descentralizado||18||2||—||—||—||18||2|
|Universidad César Vallejo||2012||Torneo Descentralizado||5||0||—||—||—||5||0|
|Unión Española B||2013||Segunda División Profesional||2||0||—||—||—||2||0|
|Unión Española||2013||Primera División||16||0||1||0||—||—||17||0|
|Rayo Vallecano||2013–14||La Liga||1||0||1||0||—||—||2||0|
|Rayo Vallecano||2013–14||Tercera División||8||5||—||—||—||8||5|
|Alianza Lima||2014||Torneo Descentralizado||15||3||—||—||—||15||3|
|São Paulo||2016||Série A||24||7||2||0||—||—||26||7|
|Krasnodar||2018–19||Russian Premier League||15||0||2||1||6[d]||0||—||23||1|
|Santos (loan)||2019||Série A||4||0||3||0||—||8[c]||0||15||0|
|1||14 June 2015||Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco, Chile||9||Brazil||1–0||1–2||2015 Copa América|
|2||23 May 2016||Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru||22||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|3||8 June 2016||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States||24||Ecuador||1–0||2–2||Copa América Centenario|
|4||6 September 2016||Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru||28||1–0||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||6 October 2016||29||Argentina||2–2||2–2|
|6||10 November 2016||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||31||Paraguay||3–1||4–1|
|7||31 August 2017||Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru||37||Bolivia||2–0||2–1|
|8||29 May 2018||Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru||44||Scotland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|9||22 March 2019||Red Bull Area, Harrison, United States||53||Paraguay||1–0||1–0|
|10||5 June 2019||Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru||55||Costa Rica||1–0||1–0|
With Peru, Cueva usually plays in an offensive midfield role through the centre of the pitch, for his club sides, such as Toluca, he plays more frequently on the flank, mainly on the left wing. A good dribbler, he is known for his change of pace over short distances and his ability to manage himself well in tight spaces. His playing style has drawn comparisons with that of Brazilian playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso, who plays for Sevilla, as Cueva occupies a similar function for São Paulo, in the way that he tends to move more through the pitch, making attacking runs into the rival area, scoring goals, and occasionally also helping out defensively by marking opponents. In his side's 4–0 victory against rivals Corinthians on 5 November 2016, Cueva demonstrated his great talent by netting a goal and providing three assists for his teammates David Neres, Chávez and Luiz Araújo.
Con Universidad de San Martín disputó 3 encuentros en la Copa Sudamericana 2010, ese mismo año fue elegido como uno de los mejores mediocentros ofensivos del Campeonato junto a su compañero Pablo Vitti. En total ha jugado 121 partidos en la Primera División, anotando 20 goles.