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South America is home to so many talented football players, some of whom we have seen a glance of at the Confederations Cup. But who are the best south American players?

Goalkeeper | Julio Cesar (Brazil)

South American is not blessed with dozens of great goalkeepers but Cesar has proved over many years that he is a world class goalkeeper. 

QPR would have conceded so many more if it wasn't for him last season.

Right-back | Dani Alves (Brazil)

Alves is known for his tireless attacking runs up and down the right side of the pitch causing havoc to the opposition left-backs. 

He has been a mainstay in the Barcelona and Spain team for many years now and has won so many honours including three La liga titles, two European cups and a Copa America.

Centre-back | Thiago Silva (Brazil)

Silva is developing into one of the very best centre-backs in the world. 

He has everything, strength, speed, tough-tackling and great composure. He is already captain of his club and country and without him PSG would be a lot weaker side.

Centre-back | Dante (Brazil)

One of the key members of Bayern Munich's successful campaign last season, Dante is composed and very good in the air.

He helped keep the talented Bayern team solid at the back all season.

Left-back | Marcelo (Brazil)

Brazil will most likely never replace the brilliant Roberto Carlos with his attacking runs down the left wing and powerful shots.
But Marcelo is the closest Brazil have had to him, quite like Alves on the ride side, Marcelo loves getting forward and makes constant overlapping runs throughout matches. 

It was a tough one to decide between him and Felipe Luis as Luis is a better defender than Marcelo, however Marcelo's attacking play wins him a place in the team.

Centre-midfield | Arturo Vidal (Chile)

An excellent all-round midfielder who has got the lot - his passing is outstanding, he is a good tackler and he can score goals too. 

Vidal is one of the best all-round midfielders in the world and would make it into most teams in the world.

Centre-midfield | Sandro (Brazil)

A very underrated player in my opinion, Sandro is excellent at breaking up the play and then starting attacks from deep, he sits just in front of the defence and provides protection to the back four. 

He was very good for Tottenham last season and should make the Brazil first team for the World Cup.

Left wing | Neymar (Brazil)

Well, not much can be said about Neymar that hasn't been said already, immensely gifted football player who can only get better at just 21. 

Maybe has had a little too much hype surrounding him but he has proved his critics wrong with some excellent displays at the Confederations Cup.

Right wing | Luis Suarez (Uruguay) 

Suarez is on the wing because there are so many good South American strikers, the controversial striker is one of the very best in the world.
Excellent dribbling ability and a desire to play football which shows in his excellent work rate. 

Sometimes this season single-handedly carried Liverpool through matches and his off the ball antics usually take headlines over his outstanding ability with a ball at his feet.

Striker | Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)

A prolific goalscorer for his club even if he is not as prolific for his country, Cavani is an excellent all-round striker. 

Twenty-nine goals in Serie A last season says it all, he is strong, good in the air but also has an outstanding work rate. He helps his team out when defending and has brilliant fitness levels.

Striker | Radamal Falcao (Columbia) 

One of the deadliest strikers in the world, Falcao's goal ratio is beaten only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

He scored 70 goals in 90 games for Atletico Madrid which says it all, an outstanding finisher of the ball and strong in the air despite his size. Falcao can rip apart any team in the world.

Agree or disagree - have your say below.

 

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