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Copa America: 5 Highest Goalscorers in the Tournament's History

Arjun Singh Devgan
Paolo Guerrero is the only active player in the top-five list of highest goalscorers in Copa America history
Paolo Guerrero is the only active player in the top-five list of highest goalscorers in Copa America history / Lucas Uebel/Getty Images
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The Copa America is the biggest international tournament in South America, and one which sees almost all of the powerhouses of the region take part in it. With the tournament set to start in less than a week's time, here we take a look at the five highest goalscorers in it's history.

1. Norberto Mendez (Argentina) - 17 goals

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The joint all-time top goalscorer in Copa America history, Norberto Mendez played 33 games for Argentina and was a key member of the side that won three consecutive titles.

Mendez scored 17 goals, winning the Golden Boot in the 1945 edition.

2. Zizinho (Brazil) - 17 goals

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Widely considered as the best Brazilian player of the pre-Pele era, Zizinho was hailed by the legend himself as the "best player he ever saw". Capable of playing with both feet and possessing dazzling skills, the former Flamengo man scored 17 goals (joint highest) -winning the Copa America title once during his career.

3. Teodoro Fernandez (Peru) - 15 goals

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CONMEBOL Moves Libertadores Final Match To Lima Due to Social Unrest In Chile / Raul Sifuentes/Getty Images

One of the greatest strikers to play for Peru, Teodoro Fernandez scored 24 goals for his country in just 32 games - making him the fourth highest goalscorer in their history.

The striker netted 15 goals, leading Peru to the 1939 title.

4. Severino Varela (Uruguay) - 15 goals

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A footballing legend in Uruguay, Severino Varela netted 19 goals in just 24 goals for his national team, and is their all-time goalscorer in Copa America with 15 goals.

He played an important role in their Copa America win in 1942.

5. Paolo Guerrero (Peru) - 14 goals

Paolo Guerrero
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The only active player in the top-five list, Paolo Guerrero is the all-time highest goalscorer for Peru and one who continues to remain prolific even at the age of 37.

The former Bayern Munich man has netted 14 goals so far in the tournament, but is yet to taste glory in terms of winning the trophy.

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