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Arsenal And Manchester City Stars Named In Official Copa América Best XI

The Copa América Centenario ended dramatic fashion last night as holders Chile defeated Argentina in a penalty shootout to retain the trophy.

It was the second time in a row that these sides had met in the final, and it yielded the same outcome as La Roja followed their first ever trophy in 2015 by replicating that success just 12 months later.

Following the conclusion of the tournament, the tournament organisers released their official best eleven.

Naturally, champions Chile dominate the lineup – eight of the eleven come from Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side – while runners-up Argentina supply the other three players, including the now-retired Lionel Messi.

The Premier League is represented by two of its more high-profile players – namely Alexis Sánchez of Arsenal (who also claimed the Golden Ball) and Manchester City’s Nicolás Otamendi – though a large amount of the lineup has at least some experience of playing in England.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26: Arturo Vidal #8 of Chile is knocked to the ground by Nicolas Otamendi #17 of Argentina battling for the ball during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla, for example, had ill-fated spells at Queens Park Rangers, while Jean Beausejour played for Wigan and Birmingham and Gary Medel spent one season at Cardiff Ciy.

The lineup in full: Claudio Bravo (Chile), Mauricio Isla (Chile), Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina), Gary Medel (Chile), Jean Beausejour (Chile), Charles Aranguíz (Chile), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Arturo Vidal (Chile), Alexis Sánchez (Chile), Eduardo Vargas (Chile), Lionel Messi (Argentina)

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