The South American continent has always been known to produce extremely talented and skilled players. Whether from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, or Colombia, footballers of South American origin are always an asset to any team hoping to win or challenge for laurels.
Great players like Pele, Lionel Messi, Kaka, and the late Diego Maradona are a few of the stars that have come out of this continent. These days a new crop of gifted stars are emerging to take over where the legends of the past left off. Today, there are a lot of exciting young South American football talent to keep your eyes on. Here are the best South American youngsters in football right now.
1. Vinicius Junior
The Real Madrid winger has been very impressive since his move to the Bernabeu in 2018. The Brazilian youngster has been especially good this season with his daring flashy runs and quick feet that have made him one of the fulcrums of Los Blancos’ attack this season. Vinicius has so far scored 17 goals in 43 appearances this season. He looks to be finally hitting his peak and will be hoping for a great finish to the season as well as a fantastic world cup with Brazil later in the year. He is undoubtedly one of the best wingers in the world right now.
2. Julian Alvarez
Alvarez is a young Argentine forward currently with River Plate on loan from England giants Manchester City. The 22-year-old has been very impressive in the colors of the Argentinian side this season, scoring 20 goals in 35 appearances. The talented striker is definitely one to watch.
3. Gabriel Veron
The 19-year-old was part of the Brazilian squad that won the under 17 FIFA World Cup in 2019 as the host country. Veron was one of the stars of the tournament contributing three goals to help the junior Selecao with their fourth title. Gabriel is currently on the books of Brazilian side Palmeiras, where he has continued to impress.
4. Kaio Jorge
Another member of the successful under-17 2019 Brazilian squad. Jorge is an exciting striker who recently joined top Italian side Juventus. The former Santos prodigy is being touted for big things in the future. The 20-year-old’s style of play has been likened to Liverpool’s Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino.
5. Thiago Almada
The 20-year-old Argentinian recently joined American Major League Soccer side Atlanta United for a league record fee. The diminutive youngster is said to be blessed with playmaking skills and vision to make the right pass. He is seen as a future number for the senior Argentina national team if he can continue on his upward trajectory.
Rodrygo is another talented South American youngster who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. He joined Real Madrid in 2019 and has been a regular at the club. The 21-year-old is skillful, fast, and has a keen eye for goal. He has been prolific in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, scoring three goals in eight appearances.
7. Darwin Núñez
Darwin Núñez is one of the most in-form and highly sought-after centre-forwards in Europe. The Uruguayan, who plays for Benfica, has been in excellent form since he joined them from Almeria in 2020. The 22-year-old shone in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, where he scored 6 goals in 10 matches.