Football has been a culture and profession in South American countries especially Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Paraguay including others.
South America had great names in football history likes Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo, Messi… and this list is now continuing until these days.
In the schools, parks, street, small pitches and beaches of every South American country, you’ll find crowds of people coming together to show off their fancy football in friendly competition.
For instance, in different slums of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, kids can be seen kicking raggedy old balls around from sunset to sundown, undeterred by the dusty pitches, the absence of goal structures and frequent lack of shoes.
Practising day in and day out, many of these kids will be recognised by big teams in the world and go on to become some of the most famous footballers on the planet, especially in Europe where football is mostly developed.
The English Premier League has received many players including strikers from South America. Many of these strikers have successfully completed their tasks with their quality finishing, dribbling and other skills.
Let us take a look at the top five goalscorers from this talented continent in the Premier League.
5. Gus Poyet – 54 goals
Poyet moved to Premier League in 1997 from La Liga side Zaragoza joining Chelsea where he managed 36 goals in 105 league appearances.
Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was transferred to Tottenham in 2001 and scored 18 times in 82 appearances before he retired from football career.
The former Uruguay midfielder has scored a total of 54 goals in the League for the two London clubs.
4. Nolberto Solano – 65 goals
Solano became the first Peruvian to play in the Premier League after signing for Newcastle United in 1998 from Boca Juniors. He played for Magpies in two spells in which he scored 37 goals in 240 league appearances.
The former Peru midfielder also played for Aston Villa where he played 48 league games; scoring 8 goals and played for West Ham United in 2007-08 season scoring 4 times in 23 Premier League games.
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