Before the Premier League came to stardom, Latin American representation was few and far between on UK shores.
However, over the last decade or so, we have been fortunate enough to witness an explosion of South American talent, which has clearly been a major catalyst for English clubs’ recent dominance on the European stage.
It’s no coincidence that the Premier League’s two most elite teams – Manchester City and Liverpool – are synonymous for the inclusion of players from the famous samba regions of Argentina and Brazil.
Whether it be the eye-catchingly silky skills, the freakish ability to find the back of the net, or the innate desire to win that personifies so many footballers that come from the continent, there is one thing they all have in common – fans adore them.
And with that in mind, our friends over at FourFourTwo – who recently ranked the 10 best centre-backs in world football – have dropped another banger, as they rank the best South Americans to ever grace the Premier League.
Check out the full list below.
The 10 best South Americans in Premier League history
10. Antonio Valencia, Ecuador (Wigan, Manchester United)
9. Javier Mascherano, Argentina (West Ham, Liverpool)
8. Ederson, Brazil (Manchester City)
7. Roberto Firmino, Brazil (Liverpool)
6. Alexis Sanchez, Chile (Arsenal, Manchester United)
5. Alisson Becker, Brazil (Liverpool)
4. Carlos Tevez, Argentina (West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City)
3. Fernandinho, Brazil (Manchester City)
2. Luis Suarez, Uruguay (Liverpool)
1. Sergio Aguero, Argentina (Manchester City)
There could only ever have been one man at top spot and Aguero takes the prize. The Argentine has rightfully earnt his placing, thanks to his unbelievable goal record at Man City combined with his exceptional longevity at the top.
Across his decade long spell in Manchester, Aguero scored 275 goals for the club and was talismanic in leading them to five Premier League titles. Let’s also not forget that iconic last-minute winner against QPR which earnt the club their very first crown – it will take something special to knock ‘Kun Aguero’ off his perch.
Although, if you were to try, Suarez would be the right way to go about it. Whilst the Uruguayan can’t boast the longevity of Aguero, his impact could be perceived as far greater.
His 2013/2014 season, in which he pioneered Liverpool’s title charge is comfortably the finest individual Premier League season ever. Suarez scored 31 goals and contributed 17 assists in only 31 games that year. Had he handled himself better on the pitch, he would surely have been Ballon d’Or worthy.
Making up the final podium position, we have Fernandinho. The Brazilian may not be as exciting or talented as many of his rivals throughout the top 10, but his consistency and work ethic have made him a serial winner.
It was recently announced that he will be bidding Man City farewell this summer.
The controversial Tevez takes fourth spot. He remains one of the few players to have played for both Manchester clubs and is a three-time English Champion, twice with United and once with City.
Whilst Alisson also sneaks into the top five despite goalkeepers often being overlooked in these kind of listicles – that’s testament to just how good the Brazilian stopper is.
Many die-hard Gunners would have given you an earful if you had suggested Sanchez wouldn’t rank in the top five South American Premier League players when he was in his pomp.
The Chilean left-winger was dynamite for a time, but his free transfer to United in 2018 was the beginning of the end of his career on English soil.
The beloved ‘Bobby Firmino’ earns seventh place. You could argue that the crucial role he’s played in Jurgen Klopp’s infamous Liverpool front three should warrant him a higher placing, though.
Ederson loses to Alisson once again as the shot-stopper can only manage eighth position. It’s ironic that two of Brazil’s greatest ever goalkeepers play for direct rivals in the Premier League, and it’s Ederson who gets the short end of the deal both with national team selection and this list.