Compared to its European equivalents, domestic South American football is criminally overlooked. Some of the most historic teams in the world, and the finest youth talent, roam the continent's pitches, while new stars are emerging across the region on a continual basis.
But apart from the transfer rumour section in national newspapers and sports websites, the obscure names that light up stadiums in Argentina, Brazil and beyond are often unfamiliar until boarding a plane across the Atlantic Ocean.
The following is a list of 20 footballers based in South or Latin America to keep your eye on over the next 12 months. From young hopefuls waiting to break through to seasoned veterans keen to end their careers on a high, the cream of a continent can be found in these local heroes.