Copa America 2019: The tournament’s best XI, including Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Alisson 

14 Jun

Brazil will kick off the 2019 Copa America when they face Bolivia on Saturday.

Tite’s side and Argentina are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the competition.

Is it finally time for Lionel Messi to win a trophy for Argentina?
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Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will be competing for international glory this summer.

Meanwhile, Chile, who need Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez to rediscover his form, will be looking to win the competition for a third successive time.

Here, talkSPORT.com have chosen a best XI from Copa America 2019.

Goalkeeper – Alisson (Brazil)

Alisson was sensational between the sticks for Liverpool last season
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Liverpool’s Alisson edged out Manchester City goalkeeper and international team-mate Ederson for the Premier League Golden Glove last season.

In a stellar debut campaign, which saw the Reds concede just 22 league goals, Alisson kept 21 clean sheets, one more than Ederson.

It’s clear that Brazil are spoilt for choice when it comes to goalkeepers.

Alisson was the No.1 at last summer’s World Cup – and is likely to keep his starting place against Bolivia.

Right-back – Mauricio Isla (Chile)

Mauricio Isla is a star for Chile
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Isla has starred for Chile in their previous two Copa America triumphs. As his career has progressed, the Fenerbahce ace has been converted into a full-back.

Chile are the fifth fancied side to win another Copa America, but expect to see Isla bombing up and down the wing.

Centre-back – Thiago Silva (Brazil)

Thiago Silva is a vital player for Brazil and PSG
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At 34 years old, this could be Silva’s final Copa America with Brazil. The Paris Saint-Germain captain was an ever-present in his country’s 2018 World Cup campaign and is a threat from set-pieces.

Brazil are hard to break down under Tite with Silva also playing a crucial role in that.

Centre-back – Diego Godin (Uruguay) 

Diego Godin has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan
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Uruguay’s captain is considered one of the best defenders in the world. Godin, who is leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, will be a leader at the back for his country.

However, similarly with Silva, at 33 years old, time is against his side.

Left-back – Nicolas Tagliafico (Argentina)

Nicolas Tagliafico has been linked with a move away from Ajax
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Tagliafico enjoyed a stellar 2018/19 season with Ajax as they won the Eredivisie and knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League.

His form has seen him linked with moves to Arsenal and Atletico Madrid. A solid Copa America campaign will only increase his reputation.

Right wing – Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Lionel Messi is desperate to win something of Argentina
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Who else?

Most neutrals watching on will want Messi to finally taste success on the international stage. He has been on the losing side of three Copa America finals and one World Cup.

He is one of football’s true greats and it would be a crying shame to see him miss out on another trophy with Argentina.

Central midfield – Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay)

Rodrigo Bentancur keeps Uruguay’s midfield ticking
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Bentancur was one of the breakout stars of the 2018 World Cup. He followed that up with an impressive season with Juventus in Serie A.

The 21-year-old has huge potential and is already proving to be a top midfielder in Europe.

Central midfield – James Rodriguez (Colombia)

James Rodriguez will not be a Bayern Munich player next season
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Rodriguez will return to Real Madrid following the expiry of his two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions will not take up an option to buy him permanently, while the midfielder is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

It gives Rodriguez a chance to impress at the Copa America and earn a move to another big club.

There is no doubt he’ll be one of Colombia’s most important players in Brazil.

Left wing – Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)

A section of Barcelona fans have turned against Philippe Coutinho
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Coutinho has had a first full season to forget with Barcelona.

He has failed to live up to expectations since completing a £142million move to the Nou Camp in January 2018, and reports claim the Brazilian could leave the club this summer.

With Neymar ruled out of the Copa America with an ankle injury, there is more pressure on Coutinho’s shoulders.

This tournament could be a chance for the former Liverpool winger to remind everyone of his quality.

Striker – Luis Suarez (Uruguay) 

Luis Suarez will be crucial to Uruguay’s hopes of winning the Copa America
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Even though he suffering a season-ending knee injury against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals last month, Suarez has made a speedy recovery.

He made a scoring return in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Panama last weekend.

His strike partnership with PSG’s Edinson Cavani will be as dangerous as ever.

Striker – Sergio Aguero (Argentina)

Sergio Aguero will need to be on top of his game in Brazil
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Omitting Cavani was a tricky decision, but Aguero just edges him out.

The Manchester City striker played a vital role in his club’s historic domestic treble-winning season last term.

His 21 goals and eight assists helped City retain their Premier League crown on an outstanding 98 points.

If Aguero replicates his City form with Argentina, then Messi and co will be in luck.

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Most valuable wonderkids in the world, including Ajax, Barcelona, and Liverpool stars

30 Apr

Ajax roll into London today bringing with them their latest batch of wonderkids as they attempt to knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League.

The semi-finalists boast Frenkie de Jong, who has already signed an agreement to join Barcelona in the summer, Matthijs de Ligt, David Neres, and Donny van de Beek, who are all wanted by top European clubs.

De Jong looked fantastic up against Luka Modric in the Champions League

Wonderkids are worth a lot of money these days with clubs willing to pay over the odds to claim a starlet with potential.

De Jong will cost Spanish giants Barca £65million thanks to his impressive talents in midfield, while many believe De Ligt could go for even more, despite the pair being 21 and 19, respectively.

But who are the most valuable players 21 and under in the world today? We took a look at Transfermarkt.co.uk to find out.

25= Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Age 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Cengiz Under (Roma) – Age 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Declan Rice (West Ham) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Declan Rice has impressed for West Ham this season

19= Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Ryan Sessegnon has bags of potential

19= Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Joao Felix (Benfica) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Felix is one of the hottest properties in Europe

16= Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

16= Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

16= Rodrygo (Santos) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

15. Richarlison (Everton) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £40.5million

Richarlison has been Everton’s talisman this season

11= Trent Alexander-Arnold (Juventus) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Eder Militao (Porto) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

Militao has risen to the top quickly at Porto.

10. Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £49.5million

9. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, on loan at Borussia Dortmund) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Christian Pulisic will be joining Chelsea in the summer

8. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £58.5million

6= Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £63million

Matthijs de Ligt is a leader for Ajax

6= Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £63million

5. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £67.5million

Frenkie De Jong will be joining Barcelona in the summer

3= Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £72million

3= Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £72million

Sancho has been electric for Dortmund this season

2. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £108million

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £180million

Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup