If we gave you 15 seconds to name every South American to play for Man City during the Premier League years, could you do it?
Don’t worry, this isn’t a test.
We’ve ranked every South American to pull on a Citeh shirt, so you don’t have to. Feel free to debate us though.
No.20- Bruno Zuculini (Argentinian)
The man almost named after a courgette comes dead last in our list of South Americans, mostly thanks to the fact he was hardly seen in Manchester.
Zuculini came off the bench in the Community Shield two days after joining City, but didn’t get another kick and now plays permanently for Hellas Verona.
No.19- Jo (Brazilian)
Breaking your club transfer record on a Brazilian striker is par for the course for any club looking to establish themselves at the top table of world football.
Six goals in 38 games later and City’s £19million splash was looking more Alan Brazil than Brazil international.
No.18- Felipe Caicedo (Ecuadorian)
Seven goals in 34 games make him slightly better than Jo, at a fraction of the cost.
But don’t let that fool you into thinking Caicedo was a success in Manchester, although he’s since rebuilt his career in Portugal, Spain, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.
No.17- David Pizarro (Chilean)
Pizarro was a fine midfielder at Inter and especially Roma, which convinced Roberto Mancini to take him on loan in the second half of the 2011/12 season.
He was part of the Aguerooooooo title win, but only played a peripheral part and didn’t make enough appearances to get a Premier League medal.
Nothing made us more happy than seeing Sylvinho spank the ball as hard as he could with his left foot, regardless of where the shot ended up.
But his powers were on the wane when he arrived in Manchester for one final hurrah, aside from a textbook strike against Scunthorpe.
No.15- Maicon (Brazilian)
The 2006-2012 Maicon was one of Europe’s best right-backs, lauding up and down the flank as he pleased.
The 2012-2013 Maicon who made 13 appearances for City made Chris Baird look like a flamboyant full-back.
No.14- Danilo (Brazilian)
No offence Danilo, but we’ve hardly seen you play yet.
The early signs are that he’s the surprisingly versatile type of player who Pep Guardiola makes look far better than he is.
No.13- Claudio Bravo
Signed as a double La Liga-winning goalkeeper who’d been part of Barcelona’s Champions League win.
But City would have been forgiven for thinking they’d signed his brother following several nervous breakdown-inspiring performances.
No.12- Willy Caballero (Argentinian)
Wilfredo Daniel Caballero Lazcano made more appearances than he should have done, due to Claudio Bravo’s biscuit wrists.
Hardly one to get you off your seat, but never one to let his managers down.
No.11- Fernando (Brazilian)
Loves a tackle, hates a forward pass.
There was little surprise when Pep Guardiola moved the Brazilian crab along and sold him to Galatasaray.
No.10- Ederson (Brazilian)
City look to have a no.1 they can rely on for the future in Ederson, who had no option but to be brave in the face of Sadio Mane’s studs.
His shot stopping has looked solid, but his distribution has been mesmeric at times, to the point that we’d be surprised if he doesn’t get an assist at some point this season.
No.9- Martin Demichelis (Argentinian)
At times Demichelis’ lack of pace was brutally exposed by the Premier League’s frantic nature.
But he was a major part of City’s title win in 2014 as well as the League Cups in 2014 and 2016. Plus, he had a majestic ponytail.
No.8- Nicolas Otamendi (Argentinian)
Otamendi likes slide tackles more than you like anything in the world. It’s a fact.
It shouldn’t work. But it does. And when it doesn’t his opponent is usually in the floor in severe pain.
No.7- Elano (Brazilian)
Forget the abrupt manner with which Elano’s time at City came to an end.
Elano was box office, specialising in Goal of the Month contenders.
No. 6- Robinho (Brazilian)
If you got goals for stepovers then Robinho would have beaten Pele’s record during his time in Manchester alone.
He was a Jekyll and Hyde player but when he was on form we was a true joy to watch.
No.5- Fernandinho (Brazilian)
So much more than a destroyer.
Fernandinho’s game has gone from strength to strength under Guardiola, and it’s no surprise he’s become one of his key foot soldiers.
No.4- Gabriel Jesus (Brazilian)
After a handful of Premier League games we’re already buying into the hype.
Strong, brave and skillful, it’s difficult to see a fault in the Brazilian striker’s game, despite the fact he’s only 20.
No.3- Carlos Tevez (Argentinian)
Tevez soured his time at Manchester, which comprised of a Premier League title, FA Cup and Community Shield win, when he refused to come off the bench against Bayern Munich.
But City fans won’t forget the goals, or the fact his arrival p***** off so many United fans.
No.2- Pablo Zabaleta (Argentinian)
Mr. Reliable. He might have arrived an Argentinian but he left a Mancunian.
When City lined up with Pablo on the right you knew that side of the pitch would be well protected.
No.1- Sergio Aguero (Argentinian)
We’d have loved to throw a real curve ball at you, but let’s be honest, City’s no.1 South American was always going to be Sergio.
His name will forever go down in Manchester and Premier League folklore thanks to *that* goal against QPR.
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