Looking at the goal scorers for the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, some interesting facts for the 5 South American World Cup Representatives.
- Chile took out the honour with 10 goals from Humberto Suazo.
- 9 Goals from Brazil’s Luis Fabiano
- 8 Goals from Bolivia’s Joaquin Botero (Bless the Altitude)
- 7 Goals from Uruguay’s Diego Forlan
- 6 Goals from a few players but I will only mention the player’s going to South Africa from here on: Argentina’s Lionel Messi
- 5 Goals from Uruguay’s Sebastian Abreu and Luis Suarez; Brazil’s Kaka and Nilmar; Paraguay’s Nelson Valdez.
- 4 Goals from Uruguay’s Diego Lugano and Carlos Bueno; Brazil’s Robinho; Chile’s Matias Fernandez
Now lets look at the assists:
- 5 assists from Uruguay’s Luis Suarez; Brazil’s Maicon; Chile’s Matias Fernandez
- 4 assists from Uruguay’s Diego Forlan and Cristian Rodriguez; Argentina’s Lionel Messi; Chile’s Jorge Valdivia
Now we look at Yellow (Y) and Red Cards (R)
- Argentina’s Carlos Tevez 4 (Y) and 3 (R)
- Argentina’s Javier Mascherano 7 (Y)
- Uruguay’s Diego Perez 6 (Y) and Martin Caceres 4 (Y) and 1 (R)
- Argentina’s Martin Demichelis 6 (Y)
- Chile’s Alexis Sanches 4 (Y) and 1 (R)
- Brazil’s Luis Fabiano 4 (Y) and 1 (R)
- Paraguay’s Dario Veron 4 (Y) and 1 (R); Julio Caceres 6 (Y)
- Uruguay’s Diego Lugano 5 (Y); Diego Godin 3 (Y) and 1 (R); Cristian Rodriguez 5 (Y) and 1 (R)
When analysing this data it becomes obvious who the players are to look out for. Starting with Discipline, it becomes confusing as there are strikers getting yellow cards for goal celebrations. Most of the time when a striker scores they tend to take their shirt off to celebrate which incurs a yellow card for unsportsmanlike behaviour. It’s very hard to determine anything from this statistic without further examination.
I have left Cristian Rodriguez in the statistics even though he is not travelling to South Africa to highlight the fact that compared to some other players discipline record, his suspension was rather harsh to say the least. The rest is clear as far as Forlan, Suarez, Suazo, Messi and Fabiano are the danger men for South America.
Will a South American win the Golden Boot and win the Golden Cup?