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Sunday 31 August 2014

Flops and flair: South Americans in the Premier League

FLOP - Robinho
The Brazilian arrived with a big reputation for a British record fee of £32.5m in 2008, but departed 18 months later having failed to deliver.
FLOP - Juan Sebastian Veron
Sir Alex Ferguson wasted £28.1m bringing him to Manchester United in 2001. Somehow they flogged him to Chelsea for £15m for whom he made just 14 appearances before returning to Italy.
FLAIR - Antonio Valencia
Wigan brought Valencia to England in 2006 where the Ecuadorian quickly made an impact which earned him a £16m move to Old Trafford where he has excelled.

The imminent arrival of Sergio Aguero at Manchester City continues the trend of South Americans joining the Premier League.

>>Click on the image to launch our guide.

While some Latin players have been able to transfer their flair to the English league, many have failed to impress. We take a look at the flops and the ones that shone.

Source: Independent

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