6 of the Best South Americans to Grace the Bundesliga Following James Rodriguez's Bayern Move

Bayern Munich shocked the footballing world earlier this week by announcing the 2-year loan signing of Colombian star James Rodriguez. The 26-year-old had a season to forget at the Bernabeu, as he was overlooked time and again by manager Zinedine Zidane. However, he now has the possibility of reigniting his promising career with Bayern and former boss Carlo Ancelotti offering a lifeline in the Bundesliga. Now that James has been officially unveiled, he joins a number of talented South...

Claudio Pizarro

First up, it's Peruvian forward, Claudio Pizarro. The striker has yo yoed between Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich during his footballing career, stopping off for two seasons at Chelsea in between. 

He is a heavily-decorated player, claiming six Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokal cups and one Champions League winners medal with Bayern alone. 

His ability to score goals from anywhere is shown through his record, as he currently sits fifth in the all-time Bundesliga goal-scoring charts, netting 191 times. At 38, he's played his final season for Bremen, scoring one goal in ten starts. 


Brazilian centre-half Lucio makes the list, as he will be remembered by fans for his no nonsense, tough tackling style of play. 

The former Bayern man had an illustrious career at the club, winning three Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles. Lucio also featured for Bayer Leverkusen for three years, playing 92 times over three seasons - including being part of the team who lost to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final. 

Lucio did however go onto win the competition for Internazionale, as they beat his former club Bayern 2-0 to complete a historic treble. 

The 39-year-old now plays in the Indian Super-League for FC Goa, however his 236 Bundesliga appearances were arguably the best of his career. 

Ze Roberto

Famed for his drastic and ever-changing haircuts, Ze Roberto is another Brazilian who spent over a decade in Germany's top flight for Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV. 

The 43-year-old has made more Bundesliga appearances than any other Brazilian, taking to the field 386 times. Ze Roberto won four Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern, although it was during his time at Real Madrid where he lifted the Champions League. 

The quick, hard working man was a versatile asset to each side he represented, as he was able to play on the left-hand side of defence, as well as across midfield. His calm play on the ball meant that he could slow play down, but he was also able to start attacks quickly with precise passing. 

He currently plays for Palmeiras, where he has a contract until the end of 2017.

Lucas Barrios

Lucas Barrios had a fairly short Bundesliga career compared to the rest on this list, but he made a huge impact on Borussia Dortmund's history. 

The Paraguayan forward joined Jurgen Klopp's side in 2009 for £4.2m - a deal that now looks like pennies thanks to his contribution. In his first season for the club, Barrios finished third top goalscorer, netting 19 times in 33 games. 

The following season, he helped the club win their first Bundesliga title for nine years, scoring 16 goals along the way. However, a drop in form affected him during the 2011/12 season, with Robert Lewandowski taking his starting place up front. 

The club went on to win consecutive league titles, but barrios was sold to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. He was a tricky, athletic forward who caused defenders nightmares, and his goalscoring abilities put Dortmund back at the top of German football for a couple of years.

Giovane Elber

Giovane Elber holds the title of the highest-scoring Brazilian in Bundesliga history, netting 92 times for both VfB Stuttgart and Bayern. 

The prolific forward played a pivotal part in Bayern's dominance during the late 1990s and early 2000s, as he lifted the Bundesliga trophy four times and the DFB-Pokal cup three times. Elber was also part of the Bayern team who claimed the Champions League trophy in 2001, beating Valencia on 5-4 on penalties. 

After spending two years at Lyon, Elber returned to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, although he only featured four times for the club. Elber will be remembered for his all-round ability, especially the way he dribbled past players with ease. 

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal has become somewhat of a cult hero at the club, after featuring 57 times in two years. The tough-tackling Chilean joined Bayern from Juventus, and has since gone on to win two consecutive titles. In fact, Vidal has won the league for both Juventus and Bayern for the past six years, making him a born and proven winner. 

Vidal versatility makes him an invaluable asset to Carlo Ancelotti's side, with his desire to win evident in every match. The 30-year-old had previous Bundesliga experience before Bayern, as he played 117 times for Bayer Leverkusen over four years. Vidal takes the title for most Bundesliga appearances for a Chilean, and Bayern fans will be hoping he adds many more to his already high number. 

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