The continent of South America has produced some of the best ever players. But of those which have played in the Premier League, who would make the all-time South American XI?
With not a lot to separate players in some areas, there have been some inevitable tough calls with some players narrowly missing out. Another issue is formation – how can you fit all of the best attacking players into a team without making it unbalanced? We want the team to be able to compete at the top level.
We’ve gone for the classic 4-4-2 formation.
GK) Julio Cesar
Not a great deal of choice. Cesar was one of the best at Inter, no idea why he went to QPR. Image Source: Zimbio
RB) Pablo Zabaleta
Everyone's favourite fantasy football full-back. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Roque Junior
World cup winner. Image Source: Goal
CB) Javier Mascherano
Flourishing in defence for Barcelona. Image Source: TheAnfieldWrap
LB) Gabriel Heinze
Mourinho would love to have this man back. If only so he didn't have to manage Luke Shaw. Image Source: TheAnfieldWrap
There's no winger who suits a 4-4-2 more than this man. Image Source: Squawka
CM) Gilberto Silva
Silva the invincible. Image Source: Eurosport
CM) Philippe Coutinho
As the more attacking central midfielder, Coutinho beats Juninho. Image Source: Twitter
LM) Alexis Sanchez
No question here. Image Source: Twitter
ST) Luis Suarez
One of the Premier League's best ever strikers. Image Source: Twitter
ST) Sergio Aguero
Aguero and Suarez upfront. Lovely. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Willy Caballero
Now for the bench! Caballero for the cup games. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Antonio Valencia
The versatile Ecuadorian deserves to be mentioned amongst the league's best current full-backs. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) David Luiz
Much improved in the three at the back under Conte - but we're playing a 4-4-2 here. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Gus Poyet
One of Uruguay's best midfielders. Image Source: Twitter
Narrowly misses out to his Philippe Coutinho, his Brazilian compatriot. Image Source: GazetteLive
SUB) Carlos Tevez
When not taking random golf holidays, Tevez was brilliant. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Juan Sebastian Veron
Solid option from the bench. Image Source: Goal
On Stand-by) Lucas Leiva
Should any substitutes fall ill or get injured, Lucas will make the matchday squad, ready to assist anyone who wishes to score an overhead kick. Image Source: Twitter
What a team. There’s no question that South America produce the games best attacking players – Aguero and Suarez would be an unrivalled partnership. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this team break the record for the most goals scored in a season with support from Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez in attack.
While many could dispute Philippe Coutinho’s inclusion, there’s no disputing that he is Brazil’s top goalscorer in the Premier League. Since Rafael Benitez tipped Liverpool off about the availability of the magician from Inter Milan, Coutinho has improved each season – and now is showing why he has the potential to become a Liverpool legend, should he decide to stay in the summer.