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Copa America 2016: Players with most assists

Sinjan Ballav
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Angel Di Maria jointly leads the assists chart

The Copa America Centenario is being hosted by the United States for the first time this year. The special Centenario edition of this year’s Copa America celebrates 100 years of the Copa America. Since 1916, Copa America has entertained fans and remains one of the most popular football tournaments in the world.The Copa America witnesses goal-fests in every edition with a total of 59 goals being scored in the last edition of Copa America in 2015.

The final ball in the process of scoring a goal is instrumental in the striker’s efforts in putting the ball into the back of the net. The Copa America has seen world class playmakers in action through the years. Through the years, creative midfielders like Zico, Ronaldinho and Juan Riquelme have lighted the South American stage with their vision and passing.

The leading assist maker in the history of the Copa America is Lionel Messi. The Argentinian magician, who assisted thrice each in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 editions,totalling to 9 assists is known as one of the best passers in the game despite his outstanding goalscoring record. Lionel Messi has never won a major trophy for his nation and he’ll hope he can contribute through his assists in this year’s competition and win Argentina the trophy.

Chilean Jorge Valdivia shared the honours with Messi for the most assists in last years tournament in 2015. Chile went on to win Copa America 2015 beating Argentina via a penalty shootout after a 0-0 stalemate after 120 minutes of football.

This year’s Copa America will see talented and world class playmakers like Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Willian and Arturo Vidal in action as they look to help their team score goals and win the tournament for their nation.

The Copa America Centenario 2016 Assists chart is led by American Clint Dempsey, after his pass was converted into a goal by Gyasi Zardes against Ecuador. Chile duo Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal follow him in the table (from among the teams still left in the competition).

1Clint DempseyUnited States3
2Enner ValenciaEcuador2
 Alexis SanchezChile2
 Arturo VidalChile2
 Edwin CardonaColombia2
 Ángel Di MaríaArgentina2
 Paolo GuerreroPeru2
 Dani AlvesBrazil2
 Marcos RojoArgentina2
9Abdiel ArroyoPanama1
 Andy PoloPeru1
 Héctor HerreraMexico1
 Celso BorgesCosta Rica1
 Antonio ValenciaEcuador1
 José FuenzalidaChile1
 Filipe LuísBrazil1
 Gyasi ZardesUnited States1
 Juan CuadradoColombia1
 Fabián OrellanaChile1
 Gonzalo HiguaínArgentina1
 Ever BanegaArgentina1
 Alberto QuinteroPanama1
 Edison FloresPeru1
 Jermaine JonesUnited States1
 Walter AyovíEcuador1
 Nicolás LodeiroUruguay1
 James RodríguezColombia1
 Jean BeauséjourChile1
 Alejandro GuerraVenezuela1
 Carlos SánchezUruguay1
 Bryan OviedoCosta Rica1
 Eduardo VargasChile1
 Raúl JiménezMexico1
 Miguel LayúnMexico1
 Jesus CoronaMexico1
 Christian SantosVenezuela1
 Ezequiel LavezziArgentina1
 Christian NoboaEcuador1
 Gabriel GómezPanama1
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