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Since Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa first turned up at Tottenham after winning the 1978 World Cup for Argentina, there has been a steady flow of footballers from South America to England.
Not many have proved a huge success. For every Ardiles there has been a Juan Sebastian Veron who failed to live up to their billing.
Brazilians in particular have struggled. Juninho at Middlesbrough was perhaps the most successful example of the type of Brazilian flair player that we all enjoy to watch, while the more prosaic Gilberto Silva, Sandro and Luca Leiva have excelled in defensive midfield roles, but the list of failures is far bigger.
Manchester City, of course, was the home to the most disappointing Brazilian flop in the Premier League. Robinho was the first of the new brand of superstar signings at City, yet he failed to show his talent consistently and was soon deemed surplus to requirements.
Despite his success on the pitch in a City shirt, Carlos Tevez has struggled to adapt to life in Manchester. A better example for Neymar is Sergio Aguero, who has not only proved a success in the Premier League, but he also seems to have settled in with his young family off the pitch.