"I did everything possible to be here, " Delgado said to Diario Expreso. "I wanted to be here and support the team with the short experience I have had abroad. "Don't let his humility fool you. This young man is a potent threat and is ready to help Ecuador defend their title. Darío Osorio | Chile | 18 | Winger | Universidad de ChileUniversidad de Chile, a giant in Chilean football though one that has been suffering as of late, (due to economic issues, they have flirted with relegation in the past few seasons), has the most players in Patricio Ormazábal's squad, and it's no surprise. The club boasts a number of quality prospects and Osorio, a quick-thinking, inverted right winger, is no exception. Chile's senior team has been suffering with the cold realization that their golden years of Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and Charles Aránguiz are slowly fading away, but there is plenty of young talent ready to graduate.
Osorio is one of its brightest -- he's fast, brave and a headache for defenders with his great left foot. There are numerous reports on his next destination, from Serie A to Tottenham Hotspur, and there's no doubt we will see him in Europe sooner rather than later. For now, enjoy his ability in this competition. Máximo Perrone | Argentina | 20 | Midfielder | Veléz SarsfieldBy the time you finish reading this sentence, Perrone -- a composed, self-assured midfielder for Veléz Sarsfield -- might also be getting ready for Europe. More specifically, Manchester City. Pep Guardiola is so intensely interested in Perrone that he has reportedly contacted the club, Perrone's representatives and the aforementioned Mascherano, who naturally knows the Premier League extremely well.
Veléz president Sergio Rapisarda is not happy, however, as he has been disappointed in Guardiola, Man City and even Mascherano, all trying to influence Perrone's decision. It's understood that Perrone's move to City is set and will head to Manchester after the tournament. Perrone plays well above his age. He's a smart athlete with good timing, composure and an aggressive eye for goal. If Argentina win this tournament, Perrone will be a big reason why. Vitor Roque | Brazil | 17 | Forward | Athletico ParanaenseTo avoid hyperbole, it's important to always remain realistic with expectations, but Roque is the real deal. A 17-year-old striker who plays for Athletico Paranaense and has reportedly been acquiring plenty of admirers, including Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Delgado, nephew of Agustín "Tín" Delgado (former all-time leading scorer for the national team before Enner Valencia took over) is a strong box-to-box midfielder who enjoys the simple art of quick passing, strong tackling and generating goals whenever possible. He is a humble, smart young man who moved to the Netherlands at 18, without knowing a word of Dutch or English, but he has acclimated well in one of the best academies in the world.
The top three will also take part in this year's Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. In addition, because the Summer Olympics allow for only three players to be over the age of 23 in each squad, this tournament acts as a recruitment tool for Paris 2024. The format is quite unique. There are only two groups of five teams playing in a round-robin format. The top three from each group advance to a final group of six, and in that final phase, they'll play each other once. The winner is determined by most points as there is no knockout format, final or third-place fixture at any stage. There are plenty of storylines worth your time in this year's competition.
As a Peruvian, it's my obligation -- otherwise I will be disowned by my family -- to also note Matías Lazo, a versatile defender from Melgar. He is a strong leader who will be tested immediately as Perú face Brazil in the opener. Still, aside from these names, there is plenty of largely unrecognized talent in the tournament. Keep an eye on these five players: don't say you weren't warned. Patrickson Delgado | Ecuador | 19 | Midfielder | AjaxThe only member of the Ecuador squad who plays in Europe, this talented 19-year-old is at Ajax and representing their reserves team on loan, with an option to make the move permanent, from Independiente Del Valle, the Ecuadorian powerhouse that gave us the likes of Moisés Caicedo and Gonzalo Plata.
This Albiceleste squad will be the first to officially wear the shirt with three stars. They may not have coach Lionel Scaloni, but they will be led by a former player who knows exactly how to compete at the highest level: Javier Mascherano. Uruguay are always strong contenders, and with a gutsy team full of talented individuals who play in very big clubs, this could be a good year for them. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U. S. )Don't discount hosts Colombia, though: they're going through a mini-revolution within the federation after their senior team failed to qualify for the World Cup. There is a lot of talent here, and they're ready to win on home soil and for the first time in a decade. This competition also serves as a proverbial goldmine for scouts from all over the globe. It can serve as a life-changing opportunity for players as well as South American clubs that can profit from European interest.
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Ecuador, the defending champions, hope to repeat once again, but many teams have had time to develop since La Tri won in 2019, which was their first ever title. It could be fair to say that Brazil, for example, are aching for this trophy as it's been 12 years since the most successful nation in this competition (11 titles) were crowned champions. Then there's the talented Argentina, who will use all the motivation from the senior team's historic win in Qatar to secure victory for the first time since 2015.