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FIFA World Cup 2018: South America XI3 min read

Marcelo Suarez Messi Neymar

Though Football was founded in England, The South Americans made the game great. Brazil with five World Cups, Argentina and Uruguay with two apiece is a testament to the Continent’s footballing prowess.

Goalkeeper

Alisson Becker (Brazil)

The Brazilian shot-stopper doesn’t have too much competition and considering the Season he had with AS Roma, he walks straight into the team.

 

Defence

Left-Back

Marcelo

 The four-time Champions League Winner is hands down the best left-back in South America. The Real Madrid Superstar should have no problem making the South America XI. 

 

Centre-back

Thiago Silva

The PSG Defender is a veteran and his experience would be invaluable for the South American XI.

 

Centre-back

Diego Godin (Uruguay)

The Uruguay Captain and our first non-Brazilian on the list! Godin has led both Atletico Madrid and Uruguay by example, his performances have been consistent and praiseworthy.

 

Right-Back

Danilo (Brazil)

The Brazilian didn’t have the best of starts at Manchester but has cemented his place in the Brazilian National side owing to good performance in the fag end of the Season.

Midfielders

Central Defensive Midfielder

Casemiro (Brazil)

The role of the CDM has become so important in the modern game, the ball winner role to ensure you’re in control of the game. Casemiro has done that role so well for Real Madrid as well as Brazil.

Central Attacking Midfielder

 

Paulo Dybala (Argentina) 

The Argentine has been prolific for Juventus this season and played a vital role in retaining the Serie A for the seventh consecutive time.

 

Central Attacking Midfielder

Phil Coutinho (Brazil)

The Brazilian is one of the most exciting talents in the World and it was no surprise when Barcelona coughed up 105 Million pounds (additional 37 million based on performances) for the former Liverpool man.  

Forwards

Left wing

Neymar (Brazil)

Neymar will be absolutely key for Brazil, his attacking abilities could determine the World Cup. The Brazilian is the most expensive player in the World and is often renowned as the best in the World after Messi and Ronaldo.

Striker

Suarez ( Uruguay)

The last time Suarez played in a World Cup, Georgio Chiellini left with his bite marks as a souvenir. Suarez has done some really crazy things but, he is a lethal striker with some jaw-dropping finishing.

 

Right Wing

Messi

Messi completes this attack and Barcelona’s infamous MSN are reunited. Messi has been unbelievable and an absolute delight to watch. He is the most complete player in the World and the little magician would do everything in his power to turn that 2014 Runners-up medal into gold!

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