GMS Academy member Fabricio Santos picks the best XI players from South America...
South America is well-known for having a huge amount of players among the best of the world. The continent has won nine World-Cups, with three different countries. Pelé, Maradona, Zico, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Messi are just some of the legends born there.
It's not easy to select 11 players, especially with the amount of great forwards and midfielders coming from the region, but this is my ideal formation of a team with footballers coming only from this part of the world.
Goalkeeper: Julio César (1)
Unquestionably, this is South America's weakest position. Although Julio César was relegated last season, he had some good games and was considered the best goalkeeper in Confederations Cup. César is well known for his reflexes and defending penalty kicks. Among Fernando Muslera, Sergio Romero and Bravo, Cesar is definitely the best
Right Back: Daniel Alves (2)
Not only the best right back from South America but also one of the best from the world. He is a Barcelona regular, and usually scores important goals and provides assists. Dani is an intelligent player, capable of helping his team both in defence and attack. One of the easiest choices.
Centre Back: David Luiz (4)
One of the best in his position, he is secure, fast and has great skills. The Brazilian is wanted by Barcelona and would fit perfectly in their way of playing. Another great thing about Luiz, is the fact that he can take free-kicks and scores some goals.
Centre Back: Thiago Silva (3)
The PSG player is a great header, really fast and has superb positioning. I have never seen Thiago Silva nervous on the pitch. He is a natural leader and intelligent player. In addition to that, Silva is both PSG and Brazil's captain.
Left Back: Marcelo (6)
Real Madrid's left back is getting better as the years come. A few years ago he was horible in defense, but under Mourinho's managment, Marcelo grew and became a really good left-back, both in defense and offense. His speed and passing are top quality, and frequently participates in Madrid's goals.
Centre Midfielder: Paulinho (5)
The classic box-to-box player, Paulinho is not well known in Europe yet. This is his first season in England, and has everything to shine. With speed and vision, Paulinho is one Brazil's best midfielder. He scored several goals, and is considered vital in Brazil's tatics. Some might not know him, but trust me, he is set to take Europe by storm.
Centre Midfielder: Arturo Vidal (8)
This choice might be controversial, but there are no South American midfielder playing with the same quality as Vidal. He is part of Juventus great midfield, and his marking is impressive. Called "The Warrior", the Chile international has been in superb form. Several clubs including Real Madrid were interested in the star. Last year, he was voted the eleventh best player in the world, according to Bloomberg.
Attacking Midfielder: Lionel Messi (10)
Easiest choice on the list. His presence does not need explanation. The best player in the world is indescribable. Leo's statistics confirms this. He scored more than 300 goals, gave more than 120 assists, won four times consecutive the award of best player in the world... and the list goes on.
Already a legend, the Argentian has only one huge challenge left: The 2014 World Cup. With 26 years-old, Messi conquered Europe, and his next goal is the world with his country.
Forward: Sergio Aguero (7)
Another Argentinian on the list. Kun Aguero is an amazing player. He appeared to the world in 2006, when he was still playing for Atlético de Madri, club in which he scored 75 goals in 175 appearences.
This is his third year in Manchester City and is considered an important part of the team, scoring several goals and creation a lot of opportunities to his team-mates. South America is famous for their forwards, and Aguero folllows this tradition.
Left Winger: Neymar (11)
The Brazilian starlet is another controversial choice. Among the South Americans forwards, Neymar, in my opinion, is the best playing in the sides of the field. He has amazing dribbling skills, and with his fast-thinking is a really dangerous player.
This season, alongside Messi, he will grow a lot. He needs to adapt to European football, but someone with his talent and potential to be the best in the world could not be out of this list. In addition to that, he was recently considered the best player of Confederations Cup, beating both Cavani and Suarez.
Striker: Falcao Garcia (9)
There is no doubt whatsoever that this is the hardest choice on the team. Falcao, Cavani and Suarez are top players. All of these players are among the deadliest strikers in the world. Last season, each one of them scored more than 30 goals for their teams, and were vital pieces on the squads.
Although I think the three are in the same level, I would choose Radamel Falcao Garcia. He led Atlético de Madri in the competitions, and showed superb form last year. In addition to that, Falcao is a better header of the ball than the Uruguaians.
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