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Top five: Premier League rejects (1)

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One thing notable about Brazil's 6-0 thrashing of Australia this weekend, apart from Neymar scoring again, was that former Manchester City striker Jo scored the first two after having worked his way back into the squad after a couple of barren years.

The Citizens paid CSKA Moscow as then record fee of around £18million for the striker, but it never really took off for him and he was sent out on a series of loan deals, before ending up at Atletico Mineiro last year.

Jo played a part in Atletico Mineiro's Copa Libertadores triumph last season, playing alongside Ronaldinho and Bernard, and he deserves credit for getting his career back on track.

The Premier League is an unforgiving place and countless professionals have been chewed up and spat out after growing up on a diet of it, let alone unsuspecting players being brought in from abroad.

Physicality is the difference when it comes to many of Europe's other top leagues, in that English fans seem to enjoy it and Premier League referees seem to find more of it acceptable than you would perhaps see in Spain, Italy or South America.

It is not just the extra bit of argy-bargy you get in England, but the manic pace the games are played at, which can shock players comfortable with a slower, more considered style of play.

Some players just aren't suited to it, but that does not mean it is all over for them. A number of players, like Jo, have flopped when given a chance in the Premier League and then gone on to succeed elsewhere in world football.

Here are five of the best.

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