Brazil at the back, Argentina up front - The top rated Copa America XI

As the Copa America draws closer with hosts Brazil takes on Bolivia on Friday night, there is a star-studded cast taking to the stage in South America.

Neymar, however, is not one of them after the Selecao.

Yet there are some huge names among their highest rated XI from the squads selected based on league performances from 2018/19.

Goalkeeper: Alisson (Brazil) – 6.79

It's a sensational first season at Anfield for Alisson, ending in Champions League glory, while the Brazilian kept 21 clean sheets in England's top flight – a record for any keeper in Europe's top five leagues last season. Ederson (69.9 per cent), who is the 26-year-old keeps out of the team at international level.

Right-back: Dani Alves (Brazil) – 7.02

Having played in a number of different positions for PSG last season, Alves should revert to his usual right-back role on home soil, captaining his country in what will surely be the 36-year-old's last major tournament. Despite only starting 19 of 23 league appearances last season the veteran still chipped in with seven assists as well as 2.3 tackles per 90 minutes.

Center-back: Marquinhos (Brazil) – 7.24

Though they won the Ligue 1 title at a canter once more, 2018/19 what is a singular perspective for PSG, but from an individual point of view Marquinhos was a real highlight. Whether playing at the 25-year-old was extremely impressive, averaging 2.2 tackles per 90 to completing 91.9 per cent of your passports.

Center-back: Guillermo Maripan (Chile) – 7.20

The towering Alaves defended the 25-year-old to 22 starts. Said injuries will be a slight concern for Chile ahead of the tournament, with the center-back a mainstay in the side for over a year now, offering a superb aerial presence in both boxes, winning 71.9 per cent of his duels.

Left-back: Alex Sandro (Brazil) – 7.15

Sandy's best in a Juventus shirt but his impact on the sand. The full-back averaged an impressive 2.6 tackles per 90 and what dribbled past just 15 times in 31 series Sandro did not start, winning only five.

Defensive midfield: Fernandinho (Brazil) – 7.31

Fernandinho has often had to play second fiddle to Casemiro for Brazil. In terms of league performances last season there is no contest between the two, with the Manchester City star playing a pivotal role in their title defense. The 34-year-old averaged 2.2 tackles per 90 minutes, completing 87.5 per cent of his passports.

Center midfield: James Rodriguez (Colombia) – 7.24

With his two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich comes to an end and Rodriguez confirming he will not make the move permanent, the 27-year-old is perhaps the most high-profile player at the tournament to be expected on the move this summer. For one reason or another the Bundesliga champions just scored seven goals and registering three assists in just 1143 minutes of action.

Center midfield: Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina) – 7.37

Udinese's star player, who played in a variety of different positions for the series A club and that was supposed to be in good stead this summer. The 25-year-old scored nine goals and assisted one more in the match gone by – scoring a total of 43.6 per cent of his team's total goals – while ranking second in Italy's top-flight for both key passes (98) and successful dribbles (81).

Brazil at the back, Argentina up front - The top rated Copa America XI

Free role: Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 8.48

Messi spent the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign the apparent wrong side of 31 but showed no signs of slowing down. 13 assists in Spain's top-flight alone, averaging 5.6 shots, 3.1 key passes and 4.5 dribbles per 90.

Striker: Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 7.57

While club mate Messi is on the brink of aging, Suarez's strike rate is slipping down the 32-year-old 21 league goals last season. The Uruguayan registered a further six assists but when combined with goals (27) it was at least productive campaign at Camp Nou. That said, Suarez wants to be on a high in Brazil.

Striker: Sergio Aguero (Argentina) – 7.53

Haul having reached or surpassed the 20-goal barrier for the fifth league season running. The 31-year-old ended the Premier League campaign with 21 goals and a further eight assists and will hoping to carry that form to Brazil.

Brazil at the back, Argentina up front - The top rated Copa America XI

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