There has been a number of outstanding players from South America landing on the shores of England and making their mark in the Premier League. Here, we take a look at five South Americans who have made the most appearances in the English top-flight.
5. Lucas Leiva (Brazil)-247 Appearances
It wouldn’t be wrong to say Lucas Leiva is Liverpool great. He played the majority of his career with Liverpool and only managed to win one trophy in 10 years. Though, it does not mean he was unsuccessful but rather helped them survive through tough times.
He was one of the 16 players who left the club after Jurgen Klopp took charge and was awarded Special Recognition Award by Kenny Dalglish. Currently, the 33-year-old is flying high with Lazio.
4. Sergio Aguero (Argentina)-261 Appearnces.
Arguably, the best striker to grace the Premier League in the last decade and arguably one of the best ever since in England, Sergio Aguero is an all-time great.
After a decade of dominance and terrorizing defenses in the league, his time with Manchester City is coming to an end as he most likely will leave the club once his contract with them expires. In 261 appearances, he has scored 180 goals and it would require someone really special to break his records.
3. Nolberto Solano (Peru)-302 Appearances
A very famous and reputed figure in his homeland Peru, he did manage to make his mark in the English top-flight. Solano played for three clubs during his time in the Premier League and was known for free-kicks and corners,thus was regarded as a dead ball-specialist.
He made a return to English football late in career to only play in the second and third division.
Solano is currently the head coach of the Under-23 Peru national team and technical advisor to the Peru senior national team.
2. Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)-303 Appearances
From scoring against QPR on the final day of 2011/12 season to being the only Argentine with more than 300 appearances, it has been a long journey for Pablo Zabaleta and it does not look like it will come to an end anytime soon.
Having played in his prime with City, Zabaleta is now at West Ham United and one of the main figures there as well.
1. Antonio Valencia (Ecuador)-325 Appearances
Antonio Valencia ended his ten-year stay with Manchester United in 2019 and was a central figure for the Red Devils during his time at Old Trafford, winning six titles in all.
Initially signed as a winger by Sir Alex Ferguson, Valencia went on to star for the club primarily as a right-back.