There are a number of players plying their trade south of Donald Trump’s United States that have been catching the eye of many European scouts in, fans and this writer. Let’s have a look at some of the best players in Latin America today.
Marcos Acuña (Racing Club)
Acuña may not be too well known with fans outside of Argentina, but the 25-year-old’s style of play and recent form makes him a hot prospect for many clubs. Having been compared to compatriot Angel di Maria, Acuña made his debut for Argentina recently against Colombia. Keep an eye on this guy. He won’t be at Racing forever.
Javier Aquino (Tigres)
This 26-year-old did have a short spell in Europe with Villareal and Rayo Vallecano – albeit luckless. The pacy winger’s performances for Mexican side Tigres (where he plays alongside French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac) has been making scouts have a second look. He was at one point mentioned with Dutch giants Ajax. Keep an eye on this one.
Players like Neymar and Pele are often associated with Brazilian side Santos. Something tells me that 22-year-old Zeca could be another. Held in high regard in his native Brazil, Zeca is a brilliant left-back. And with an Olympic gold medal now in his trophy cabinet alongside his domestic honours with Santos, he is surely one player destined to go right to the very top.
Rodrigo Bentancur (Boca Juniors)
The Uruguyan midfielder has long been regarded by the blue and yellow side of Buenos Aires as a phenomenon. The added blessing of course being Boca legend Juan Roman Riquelme hailing the 19-year-old as his personal favourite from the team. Real Madrid were rumoured to be close to signing him at one point, but Juventus now look likely to get the Uruguayan playmaker’s signature.
Romel Quiñónez (Bolivar)
It is my personal opinion that only for the fact that the Bolivian Liga gets little or no airtime in Europe, Quiñónez would already be playing on this continent. Only 24, Quiñónez is in his seventh season with Bolivia’s most succesful club Bolivar. At the last Copa America, he introduced himself to the world by providing numerous incredible saves and was a stand out player for a limited Bolivia side by some considerable distance. If one of Latin America’s biggest teams don’t sign him, a European club will.
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