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7 best players from the Copa America group stage

Salomon Rondon

As the Copa America 2024 group stage is done and dusted, it’s time to take a look at some of the best performers from the opening phase of the tournament.

The quarter-finals are nearly upon us, and before we watch Argentina take on Ecuador and Canada square off against Venezuela, there are several players that put in shifts during the group stage that simply must be recognized.

Uruguay and Argentina dominate the list after their perfect group stage campaigns, while Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia all have a player representing them in the top seven.

Here are the seven best players from the Copa America group stage.

Salomon Rondon

Rondon put Venezuela on his back / Sam Hodde/GettyImages

Not many expected Venezuela to come out firing at Copa America 2024, and Pachuca striker Jose Rondon played his part in the team’s early success.

The 34-year-old managed two goal and one assist during the group stage, and Venezuela will hope that their talisman can replicate those performances as they eye a deep run in the competition.

Maximiliano Araujo, Matias Vina

Maxi Araujo’s stepped up for Uruguay / Stephen Nadler/ISI Photos/GettyImages

As expected, Uruguay topped Group C with nine points as Marcelo Bielsa’s side now await a mouthwatering quarter-final clash vs Brazil.

What many maybe didn’t expect was Maximiliano ‘Maxi’ Araujo’s performance. The Toluca winger recorded two goals and one assist for Uruguay before suffering a serious head injury in the first half vs USA, and it seems highly unlikely that he’ll return before the tournament is over.

Manuel Ugarte

Ugarte controlled the midfield for Uruguay / Megan Briggs/GettyImages

Uruguay wouldn’t have been able to win all three group stage matches without the excellent midfield play of Manuel Ugarte.

The 23-year-old featured in all three of Uruguay’s group stage games and ran the show in the middle of the park alongside Federico Valverde.

Marquinhos

Marquinhos leads the Brazil defense / Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages

Brazil haven’t looked their best thus far at Copa America, especially in the attacking department. But their defense, however, has been on lock since the first whistle against Costa Rica.

Leading the backline is PSG defender Marquinhos, who played the full 270 minutes for Brazil in the group stage and helped keep a clean sheet vs Costa Rica.

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez has stole the show for Colombia / Logan Riely/GettyImages

James Rodriguez has rolled back the clock this summer with Colombia at Copa America, as the 32-year-old playmaker registered three assists in the group stage to help his…

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