It’s not new: globalization came to football a long time ago. The flexibilizations to hire soccer players makes it more and more common to have teams with very few native players within the squad, especially when it comes to great Europeans. There are plenty of examples, but just to take one: the Manchester City jplayed before him real Madrid with just two Englishmen in their starting eleven.
Against this background, Four Four Two magazine decided to create a Top 10 only of South American soccer players who have played in the premier league. With the risk of being extremely current because until a few decades ago it was not at all common to find players from this part of the world in England, the list left some open debates.
NOT ONLY ARGENTINES AND BRAZILIANS
As in almost every corner of the planet, Argentines and Brazilians are present and in a good way when it comes to soccer. But in the The selection made by the British publication is not only from those countries, but also includes Colombians, Ecuadorians and Uruguayans.
Kun and Lucho, cracks. Reuters.
Number 1, that is, the best for Four Four Two, is not surprising. Is about Sergio Aguero, who else, who made history at Manchester City with 184 goals, a unique figure for any foreign footballer in the Premier League. The podium completes it Luis Suarezwho was a top scorer in the 2013-2014 season with the Liverpooland Fernandinho, today captain of the Citizens.
The Brazilian midfielder may surprise, but he already has four league titles and is seeking a fifth in his last season at City. Sufficient reason to, according to the magazine’s criteria, leave behind Carlos Tevez, which ranked fourth in this table. Idol in West Ham, won two Premiers and one Champions with United before moving on to cross-town rivals.
Between the fifth and seventh the situation becomes even more controversial due to the always subjective selection method. After Tevez appears Alisson Becker, the goalkeeper who became the most expensive in the world and is a standard in Liverpool – but has he already earned a place among the top five? Then more surprises: Alexis Sanchez, for what was done at Arsenal and United. Chilean pride.
Alexis, the only Chilean. EFE.
Seventh appears another Brazilian from the Reds who still seems to have not made merits to be so well placed. Is about Robert Firmino, who today is a substitute for Jurgen Klopp. Then Ederson shows up.the City goalkeeper, who adapted very well to Pep Guardiola’s style.
The list is closed by two relevant players and, in addition, referents within the field of play. History with your selections. the ninth is Javier Mascherano, that first at West Ham and then at Liverpool he became a complete footballer. He closes the Top 10 none other than Antonio Valenciaa symbol for Ecuador.
Antonio Valencia, United figure. AFP.
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The Top 10 South Americans in the Premier League