Guest Writer Lucas Calderon – a 12-year-old football fan from Bolivia – has shared his expertise with MOTD mag to reveal his Top 10 young South American footballers!
10) Everton Soares
LUCAS SAYS: "Everton is a 23-year-old forward for the Brazil national team and Grêmio in Porto Alegre. During his last season he has won the Copa America and won top goalscorer of the tournament!"
9) Gabriel Jesus
LUCAS SAYS: “A 22 year old Brazilian, Jesus plays as a striker. Last season he scored 17 goals for Man. City!”
8) Arthur Melo
LUCAS SAYS: “Another Brazilian! His position is midfielder for both Barcelona and Brazil. He is a similar age to Gabriel Jesus so still has a long career ahead.”
7) Erwin Saavedra
LUCAS SAYS: “A Bolivian who plays in defence for Club Bolivar and his national team! He is 23 years old with great defensive skills!”
6) Thiago Almada
LUCAS SAYS: “Thiago is an Argentinian footballer who plays for their U-20s and club side Velez Sarsfield. His position is forward and he came very close to signing for Man. City this summer!”
5) Federico Valverde
LUCAS SAYS: “He is considered the next Uruguayan Toni Kroos having impressed so far at Real Madrid. He is 21 and plays for the Uruguayan national team!”
4) Lautaro Martìnez
LUCAS SAYS: “Lautaro Martìnez is an Argentinian aged 20. He plays for Inter Milan and the Argentinian Football team. His position is forward in both teams!”
3) Giovani Lo Celso
LUCAS SAYS: “Giovani is also an Argentinian Footballer who plays in the Argentinian national team and on loan at Tottenham! He plays as a midfielder.”
2) Samuel Sosa
LUCAS SAYS: “A Venezuelan playing as midfielder for the national team and Talleres de Córdoba in Argentina. He is 19 years old and is expected to be transferred to Europe in the next couple of years!”
1) Tomas Alarcon
LUCAS SAYS: “A 19 year old Chilean attracting a lot of attention in Chile! He is a midfielder who plays for his national team and in O'higgins club in Chile!”