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Ranked! The best Brazilians in the Premier League right now

Brazil boast a pedigree few nations can match when it comes to producing elite footballers, with the South Americans record five-time winners of the World Cup.

Some of the best Brazilians in the game have made a home in the Premier League of late, and English football is spoiled with a selection of Selecao stars.

A little look at the names left of this list indicates how much Brazilian talent there is in English football right now and we’ve attempted to rank the best in the division.

Ranked! The five best Brazilians in the Premier League right now:

5. Lucas Paqueta – West Ham

Lucas Paqueta took time to settle in Europe after arriving at AC Milan from Flamengo before a move to Lyon brought out the best in the all-action midfielder. West Ham then broke their transfer record to land Paqueta and he has become a firm favourite in East London.

The Irons have long loved players with flair and individuality and Paqueta follows in a lineage of fan favourites that includes Paolo Di Canio and Dimitri Payet.

He works hard out of possession and brings invention in it, with only one player in Europe’s top five leagues having executed more through balls this season.

His industry and guile have earned Paqueta 44 caps and counting for the national team, while several Premier League rivals – including Manchester City – have considered activating the £85m release clause in his deal at the London Stadium.

4. Gabriel Magalhaes – Arsenal

Gabriel Magalhaes has fortified the Arsenal defence since his arrival from Lille, with the big Brazilian a mountainous presence in central defence. He has developed from a raw prospect to one of the most dependable defenders in the division, forming an excellent understanding with William Saliba in a centre-back pairing propelling Arsenal’s title challenge.

Arsenal have conceded the least goals in the division and have the lowest XG against, with Gabriel crucial in turning a previous weakness into an area of strength. He also provides a huge threat from set-pieces with no defender in the Premier League having scored more goals since his debut for Arsenal in 2020.

Gabriel’s recent introduction into the Brazil set-up has been richly deserved.

3. Bruno Guimaraes – Newcastle

Newcastle took a chance on Bruno Guimaraes when top clubs courting the midfielder stuttered. The decision to sign the Brazilian from Lyon has been a wise one with Guimaraes emerging as one of the most influential footballers in the Premier League.

After arriving in January 2022, Guimaraes led a struggling side up the table before a first full campaign in the North East that delivered Champions League qualification. He’s a ball-winner, ball-player, and a whole lot in between, stamping his authority on games in a box-to-box role.

Guimaraes has become a firm fan favourite at St James’ Park, and the Toon Army will be hoping that the Magpies can keep him out of the clutches of Europe’s elite. A release clause of around £100m does not appear overvalued based on his performances to date.

2. Ederson – Manchester City

Brazil might be famous for producing fabulous footballers in the final third, but the South American nation has got it right at the opposite end in recent years. The Selecao are blessed to have two of the best goalkeepers in world football to call upon with each considered of world-class status.

Ederson has been an integral part of Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League and the 30-year-old has altered perceptions of how goalkeepers should operate at the Etihad. He is a phenomenon with his distribution from deep, capable of picking out passes that elite midfielders would be proud of. Whether it’s booming balls out to the flanks or drilled passes between lines, Ederson’s output is rarely anything but pinpoint.

Add in three Premier League Golden Gloves and a boatload of major trophies, it’s quite the résumé.

1. Alisson – Liverpool

Alisson earns the nod as our number one, edging out Ederson in the battle of the goalkeepers. The Liverpool shot-stopper has often won that duel when it comes to representing the national team and has a strong argument as the best goalkeeper in the game right now.

In all areas of modern goalkeeping, Alisson excels. His distribution is excellent, he sweeps with intelligence and bravery, while he commands his penalty box when under pressure.

It is in the art of shot-stopping where he truly takes the top spot, however, with some superhuman saves having made him irreplaceable to Liverpool in recent campaigns.

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