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Article date: 21/6/2019

The hosting of the Copa America tournament returns to Brazil for the first time since 1989. And whilst it's 30 years since they last hosted the tournament it's also 12 years since they last won it, their 3:0 victory over arch-rivals Argentina making it the 8th time they'd lifted the trophy, still way behind Uruguay's fifteen tournament triumphs and Argentina's fourteen. 2007 is also the last time the Brazilian's topped the goalscoring charts, with Robinho's 6 goal haul in Venezuela seeing him surpass the Argentinian great Juan Román Riquelme (5 goals) and Mexico's Nery Castillo (4 goals). Since then two players have dominated the top of goalscoring charts at the following three tournaments: Peru legend Paolo Guerrero topped the charts at the 2011 tournament in Argentina, and then did the same at Chile 2015 where he was joint winner with home favourite Eduardo Vargas. One year later at the Copa América Centenario in the United States Vargas was the star man again, his six goals helping fire Chile to their second victory in a row. Given his recent goalscoring form in the competition it would be foolish to bet against Vargas topping the charts again, but it's the usual suspects who expected to challenge him for the golden boot title - Argentinian legend Lionel Messi, Uruguay's strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Brazil's Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firminho, and another class act from Argentina, Sergio Aguero.

Full details on all the highest goalscorers from the previous tournament are below, with some genuine legends of the game topping the charts at various stages of the Copa America's history...

Copa America Top Scorers

Year Goals Top Scorer Country
1916 3 Isabelino Gradín Uruguay
1917 4 Ángel Romano Uruguay
1919 =4 Arthur Friedenreich Brazil
=4 Neco Brazil
1920 =3 José Pérez Uruguay
=3 Ángel Romano Uruguay
1921 3 Julio Libonatti Argentina
1922 4 Julio Francia Argentina
1923 =3 Vicente Aguirre Argentina
=3 Pedro Petrone Uruguay
1924 4 Pedro Petrone Uruguay
1925 6 Manuel Seoane Argentina
1926 7 David Arellano Chile
1927 =3 Alfredo Carricaberry Argentina
=3 Segundo Luna Argentina
=3 Roberto Figueroa Uruguay
=3 Pedro Petrone Uruguay
=3 Héctor Scarone Uruguay
1929 5 Aurelio González Paraguay
1935 4 Herminio Masantonio Argentina
1937 7 Raúl Toro Julio Chile
1939 7 Teodoro Fernández Peru
1941 5 Juan Marvezzi Argentina
1942 =7 Herminio Masantonio Argentina
=7 José Manuel Moreno Argentina
1945 =6 Norberto Méndez Argentina
=6 Heleno de Freitas Brazil
1946 7 José María Medina Uruguay
1947 8 Nicolás Falero Uruguay
1949 9 Jair da Rosa Pinto Brazil
1953 7 Francisco Molina Chile
1955 8 Rodolfo Micheli Argentina
1956 4 Enrique Hormazábal Chile
1957 =9 Humberto Maschio Argentina
=9 Javier Ambrois Uruguay
1959 8 Pelé Brazil
1959 6 José Sanfilippo Argentina
1963 6 Carlos Alberto Raffo Ecuador
1967 5 Luis Artime Argentina
1975 =4 Leopoldo Luque Argentina
=4 Ernesto Díaz Colombia
1979 =4 Jorge Peredo Chile
=4 Eugenio Morel Paraguay
1983 =3 Jorge Burruchaga Argentina
=3 Roberto Dinamite Brazil
=3 Carlos Aguilera Uruguay
1987 4 Arnoldo Iguarán Colombia
1989 6 Bebeto Brazil
1991 6 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina
1993 4 José Luis Dolgetta Venezuela
1995 =4 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina
=4 Luis García Mexico
1997 6 Luis Hernández Mexico
1999 =5 Rivaldo Brazil
=5 Ronaldo Brazil
2001 6 Víctor Aristizábal Colombia
2004 7 Adriano Brazil
2007 6 Robinho Brazil
2011 5 Paolo Guerrero Peru
2015 =4 Eduardo Vargas Chile
=4 Paolo Guerrero Peru
2016 6 Eduardo Vargas Chile

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