The South American Football Championship which is popularly known as the Copa America will kick off on the 14th of June, 2019. South America is known to produce a lot of football talent in world football and this year's Copa America competition will not be left behind as a lot of star players will be representing their country.
With Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi regarded as the biggest star to come out from the continent followed by Paris Saint Germain forward, Neymar Junior who has been reported to be out of the competition after rupturing ankle ligaments in Brazil's friendly match against Qatar on Wednesday.
Here is in this article we pick out the stars to watch in the tournament aside Messi and Neymar.
James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich, Colombia)
The Bayern Munich playmaker for some reason doesn’t perform as well for his club as he does for his national team. James has always been one of Colombia’s best players in all the international competitions, he currently is one of the leaders and he will be important for this tournament.
His previous performances in the World Cup and other Copa America tournaments are more than enough reason for us to get excited with his inclusion in the tournament.
James is coming from poor performances with Bayern Munich this season, he is looking for the ideal moment to remind his fans that he is still one of the best players in the world.
Arturo Vidal (Barcelona, Chile)
The Chilean tough midfielder will be hoping to fire his country to their third consecutive title after having a good season with Barcelona. He was one of the most important players for the Catalans as they won the La Liga for the 26th time this season.
Duvan Zapata (Atalanta, Columbia)
The Colombian sensation from Atalanta will most likely have a shot to play the Copa America with his country. Now that Radamel Falcao is going through a rough time in his career at AS Monaco, Zapata is the obvious choice to replace him.
Manager Carlos Queiroz has repeatedly praised the striker who made Serie A history in the just concluded season. Duvan has already scored an impressive 23 goals in the competition and also added 3 more goals in the Coppa Italia.
His possible team up with James Rodriguez is something that has all the Colombian supporters very excited for this Copa America.
Edinson Cavani (PSG, Uruguay)
With Luis Suarez’s starting bet in jeopardy due to his recent knee surgery, the responsibility of scoring goals falls on Edinson Cavani for Uruguay in Copa America. The PSG star is already his club’s all-time top scorer and his current season has been incredible in Ligue 1.
His 18 goals in the domestic competition are a major reason why manager Oscar Washington Tabarez is counting on him to deliver the goods. Uruguay may not be a favorite to win the tournament this year but having players like Cavani is always a big plus that will make them a better squad throughout the competition.
Luis Suarez (Barcelona, Uruguay)
Suarez can be classified as one the best strikers in the world today and he will be one of the players who Uruguay will be depending on this tournament. The Barcelona forward scored 21 goals in the La Liga winning season but is chances of making the Uruguayan squad was under threat after having a knee surgery towards the end of the season.
Suarez indicated that the three weeks that he missed after surgery have helped him to recharge his batteries ahead of playing with Uruguay at the Copa America this summer.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina)
Aguero won the Premier League with Manchester City back to back this season, with him contributing 21 goals in their road to success.
The Argentine striker will be one of the star men to watch as he will getting the chance in the claim the number 9 shirt in the starting line up for the first time in years with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi Missing from the competition.
Angel Di Maria (Argentina, PSG)
One of the players that Nigerian football fans will always remember for breaking their hearts in the 2008 Olympics as Argentina defeated Dream Team IV in the finals courtesy of his solitary goal in the second half.
The former Real Madrid midfielder will be hoping to replicate his stunning form for PSG in the Ligue 1 for his National team side in the competition after missing out on the star prize for the past two editions.
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