The South American players are unique when it comes to tricky dribbles, free kicks, and other football techniques. What would their best XI look like today? Well, here is Europe’s combined XI of South American stars today.
11. Goalkeeper: Ederson Santana de Moraes
Ederson has made an impressive start at Etihad Stadium following his £34.7 million summer move from Benfica. He became the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time in terms of the nominal value of pound sterling at the time of his transfer. Ederson kept clean sheets in his first six matches at Man City.
10. Right-Back: Dani Alves
Dani Alves has been one of the best right backs of the last decade and one of the most consistent performers in world football. Alves forged an incredible career in Barcelona, winning six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. Moved to Juventus to grab Italy Serie A before joining PSG a few months ago.
9. Centre-Back: Marquinhos
Marquinhos is predominantly a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. He is one of the Brazilians who are building a terrifying PSG.
8. Centre-Back: Diego Gudin
Diego Roberto Godín Leal plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Uruguay national team as a central defender. Even though Atletico is struggling these days, Diego Gudin is still regarded as one of the best defenders in the world.
7. Left-Back: Marcelo
Marcelo is a consistent player who has won two straight Champions League winners medals with Real Madrid. After Roberto Carlos football world has not known any left-back better than Marcelo.
6. Midfielder: Casemiro
Casemiro was part of the Real Madrid squad that won three UEFA Champions Leagues from 2013–14 to 2016–17, being elected to the UEFA Squad of the Season in the latter and starting in two Finals.
5. Midfielder: Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal was the driving force behind Chile’s back-to-back Copa America wins. He is one among the pure complete midfielders in the world. He can pass, tackle, run and score and has done so for years with outrageous success for club and country.
4. Midfielder: Philippe Coutinho
When Neymar Jr. left Barcelona, they thought about nobody else but Coutinho as his replacement. Liverpool attacking midfielder has some combination of vision, passing, dribbling and long-range strikes which earned him the nickname Little Magician.
3. Right-Winger: Lionel Messi
What else can we say about Messi? A prolific goalscorer, Messi is known for his finishing, positioning, quick reactions, and ability to make attacking runs to beat the defensive line. Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (361), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe (73), a calendar year (91), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga (140) and the Copa América (11).
2. Left-Winger: Neymar Jr.
Known for his dribbling, finishing, and ability with both feet, Neymar has been described as “a true phenomenon”. Neymar joined PSG for €222 million, the most expensive transfer ever.
1. Striker: Edinson Cavani
Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez is a quick, strong, opportunistic and prolific forward with good technique, described as a “modern striker“. The accurate set-piece taker finished as the CONMEBOL 2018 World Cup Qualifying top scorer with 10 goals, helping Uruguay qualify in second place.