Keown made the unusual comparison in his latest Daily Mail column, where he predicts Cuadrado will breathe new life into Jose Mourinho’s side.
While many would agree that Cuadrado was a shrewd buy - the Colombia international is expected to make his Premier League debut against Aston Villa this afternoon - few would dare make the direct comparison between the Colombian and Ronaldinho, one of the most naturally-gifted players of his generation.
Keown compares Cuadrado to Ronaldinho
But Keown wrote in his latest column: “The way he goes past people with a quick shimmy reminds me of Ronaldinho.
“He dribbles at pace effortlessly and his spider-like legs seem able to control the ball in the tightest spaces. Even his hairstyle is similar to the great Brazilian. He plays with a smile on his face and is the kind of player who gets people out of their seats.”
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Keown impressed by Cuadrado
The Arsenal hero makes it clear that he hadn’t seen much of Cuadrado prior to the World Cup finals in Brazil last sumer - but was impressed with what he witnessed.
“I saw Juan Cuadrado playing for Colombia against Uruguay at the World Cup last year. When Chelsea signed him, I went back and looked through my notes from that game. Two words were underlined: great talent,” he admitted.
“Cuadrado has the pace, skill and imagination to breathe new life into Chelsea. Make no mistake, this boy can play.
“In that last-16 game against Uruguay he was overshadowed by a fantastic performance from James Rodriguez but Cuadrado was one of the stars of the tournament.”
Cuadrado must hit the ground running
Cuadrado scored 15 goals for Fiorentina last season, and will be expected to hit the ground running in terms of contributing both goals and assists after joining the Blues.
Is Keown’s Cuadrado/Ronaldinho comparison a fair one - or totally bizarre? Have your say in the comments below.