Five best football players on show at the Rio 2016 Olympics

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With the new Premier League season fast approaching, Olympic football has been somewhat overlooked.

The year of the underdog - started by Leicester City - continued at Euro 2016 and the Copa America, with Portugal and Chile taking the respective titles.

Players from those tournaments won’t be in Rio, but there are still a number of stars aiming for Olympic gold. Here are five of the best.


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5) Heung-min Son (South Korea)

It was a difficult first season for Heung-min Son at Tottenham, but he still has the quality to make an impact in Rio this summer.

It was a year ago that he became the most expensive Asian player in history with a £22 million move to White Hart Lane and, you would think, there is still more to come from him.

He has an impressive record at international level having scored 16 goals for South Korea, and he will certainly be aiming for Olympic success.

4) Lars Bender (Germany)

With the impressive amount of young talent in the country, Germany have been able to select a very strong squad for the Olympics.

Lars Bender is one of three players over the age of 23 in the squad and, given his experience, is an excellent selection.

Bender has been selected alongside twin brother Sven, with Lars the more experienced at international level. The 26-year-old has been regularly linked with Arsenal in recent years and, despite injuries disrupting his progress in the last 18 months, he is still a top player.

3) Max Meyer (Germany)

One of those impressive German youngsters is Schalke’s Max Meyer.

The 20-year-old is an exceptionally talented player and established himself as a first-team regular in the Bundesliga.

Reports once linked him with a move to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool and it's easy to see why. Expect him to take the Rio Olympics by storm.

2) Felipe Anderson (Brazil)

Hosts Brazil enter the tournament as large favourites to win gold because of the plethora of attacking talent in their squad.

Felipe Anderson is a particularly exciting prospect following two excellent seasons in Serie A and offers Brazil versatility in attacking areas.

Able to play across the attacking line and in deep-lying roles, Anderson's pace, creativity and ability in dead-ball situations will prove most important on home turf.

1) Neymar (Brazil)

The Barcelona star is undoubtedly the biggest star heading into the Olympics.

Whilst the vast majority of players will be looking to make a name for themselves in Rio, Neymar is gunning for gold having skipped the Copa America.

The 24-year-old is yet to taste international success but by doing so in Brazil, he would follow in teammate Lionel Messi's footsteps by making the Olympics title his first.

Brazil will look towards Neymar as a leader to guide the likes of Gabriel Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus to glory.

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