The English Premier League has long been touted as the most exciting in world soccer, boasting a wealth of stars from all over the world.
But the EPL has traditionally been light in imports from one notable bastion of footballing talent—South America.
With the global football trade growing every year, that is changing rapidly. And the old received wisdom that South Americans just can't thrive in the rough and tumble of the Premier League is being categorically debunked.
Chelsea just invested an estimated £22 million on Brazilian wunderkind Oscar, and Manchester City's title-winning season in 2011-12 owed a great deal to Argentinian Sergio Agüero, not to mention his countrymen Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez.
Here are 10 South American stars we'd love to see make the move to the Premier League in 2012.