Ranking the Top 20 South American Strikers of 2013

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Ranking the Top 20 South American Strikers of 2013
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Now that 2013 has drawn to a close, it's time to select the top 20 South American strikers over the past year.

Some of the biggest names in world football such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all feature at the top end of the list, but there are also a few surprise packages who would not have ranked so highly just 12 months ago.

The criteria are simple. Those eligible for this list must be of South American origin, but can be plying their trade elsewhere. Performances for both club and country are considered. Players who have regularly done the business for their national teams will have an edge over those who haven't. 

In the era of false nines and interchangeable front threes, not everyone mentioned here would be considered traditional No. 9-type forwards, but all of them play up front for the most part. 

Attacking midfielders and pure wingers were not included in the reckoning.

And yes, we're counting Diego Costa as South American, even if he wants to play for Spain.

Statistics courtesy of soccerway.com.

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