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Alan Shearer selects order of top 10 Premier League South American players – Includes 1 ex-Newcastle star

2 weeks ago

An interesting one, Alan Shearer selecting the order (see below) of these top 10 Premier League South American players.

As Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards have debated the issue on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.

The personal rankings of the ten South American players by Alan Shearer and Micah Richards are below.

Interesting choices…

Sergio Aguero (Shearer: 1st, Richards: 1st)

Fernandinho (Shearer: 2nd, Richards: 4th)

Luis Suarez (Shearer: 3rd, Richards: 2nd)

Carlos Tevez (Shearer: 4th, Richards: 3rd)

Gilberto Silva (Shearer: 5th, Richards: 5th)

Gus Poyet (Shearer: 6th, Richards: 8th)

Juninho (Shearer: 7th, Richards: 6th)

Alexis Sanchez (Shearer: 8th, Richards 7th)

Juan Sebastian Veron – (Shearer: 9th, Richards: 10th)

Faustino Asprilla – (Shearer: 10th, Richards: 9th)

Interesting to see what Alan Shearer said about his reasoning for putting Tino Asprilla in tenth place out of ten, with indeed Micah Richards having put Tino one place higher than Shearer did.

This is what Alan Shearer said about his former NUFC teammate:

‘Kevin Keegan brought him as the final piece of the jigsaw to try to win the Premier League from Christmas onwards and it never really worked out.

Because of his character, they [fans] love a bit of flair and loved someone who wasn’t scared to try anything. And he was a laugher and joker.

The lads loved him in the dressing room.

He was a great lad. You couldn’t not like him because of his attitude. He just played dumb, but he wasn’t dumb.

He got away with murder if he was out on a Thursday night or Friday night when he shouldn’t have been. Kevin just wanted him to play his normal game. He was brilliant at running at players, his touch, close control and technique.

He scored the odd spectacular goal, but probably not enough with his ability.

When you look at the rest of the players [on this list] they have gone on to score serious amounts of goals or won trophies.

That is why I put Asprilla at number 10.’

Clearly the list of ten South American players wasn’t drawn up by Alan Shearer and Micah Richards, with the pair of them instead simply having the task of ranking these players from one to ten.

When it comes to South American players who have played for Newcastle United, there is one name who should have been included, miles clear of any other NUFC player, past or present.

I of course mean Nobby Solano (pictured above with Alan Shearer). The brilliant Peruvian who as well as scoring some stunning goals himself, created so many of Alan Shearer’s goals, as well as for other players as well when at Newcastle United.

If Solano had been on that BBC list, I wonder where Alan Shearer would have placed him?


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