Cristián Zapata

Squad No. 2
Date of Birth September 30, 1986
Age 36
Height 187cm
Position Defender
Birthplace Padilla
Previous Clubs AC Milan

Cristián Eduardo Zapata Valencia (born 30 September 1986) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Genoa.

A quick and physically powerful defender, known for his hard marking of opponents and strength in the air, he usually plays as a centre back. Although naturally right footed, he can also play as a full-back on either side of the pitch, as he is comfortable with both feet.

Zapata began his career in Colombia with Deportivo Cali in 2004, moving to Serie A club Udinese the following year. After spending several seasons with Udinese, Zapata signed for Spanish club Villarreal. In 2012, he returned to Italy, joining Milan. Following the expiration of his contract with the Rossoneri, he joined Serie A counterpart Genoa in 2019.

A Colombian international since 2008, he has represented his nation at the 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2019 editions of the Copa América, as well at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.