Latin American Stars in the Bundesliga
Faryd Mondragon: The Colombian goalkeeper played for 1. FC Köln between 2007 and 2010, and made his mark in the 2009/10 season, when only FC Schalke 04's Manuel Neuer kept more clean sheets (15) than he did (12). © gettyimages / Thorsten Wagner
Claudio Pizarro: SV Werder Bremen's veteran Peruvian frontman is still going strong in the Bundesliga. The former FC Bayern München attacker is both the league's highest scoring foreigner (182 goals) and the foreigner with most appearances in Germany's top flight (400). © imago / mika
Lucio: A no-nonsene centre-back, the Brazilian made a total of 236 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Bayern between 2001 and 2009, scoring 22 goals. He lifted the league title three times during his stay in Munich.
Ze Roberto: Famed almost as much for his snazzy haircuts as his on-field trickery, the nimble-footed winger spent over a decade in Germany with spells at Leverkusen, Bayern and Hamburger SV. He made more Bundesliga appearances than any other Brazilian (386), scored 38 goals and won the league title four times with Bayern.
Lucas Barrios:The Paraguay international had a prolific stint at Borussia Dortmund between 2009 and 2012, hitting 39 goals in 83 Bundesliga appearances. He was BVB's top scorer in both 2009/10 (19 goals) and 2010/11 (16), and won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with the club in 2011 and 2012.
Grafite: The Brazilian lives long in the memory for this astonishing solo goal against Bayern back in 2009, which culminated in a back-heeled finish. Between 2007 and 2009 he had a hand in 64 goals in 59 competitive games for VfL Wolfsburg and in 2008/09 he won the Bundesliga title with the Wolves, finishing as the league's top scorer with 28 goals. © gettyimages
Juan Arango:Nicknamed 'The Special Juan' and 'Arangoal' during his five-year stay at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Venezuelan won admirers across the Bundesliga for his occasionally outrageous goals and assists. He set up 48 goals in 155 league appearances and scored 25 himself - 15 of which were beauties from outside the penalty area.
Dede: No other foreign player has ever played as many Bundesliga games for one club as Dede. The Brazilian (who now has German citizenship) made 322 top-flight outings for Borussia Dortmund and won the title with BVB in 2002 and 2011.
Chicharito: Javier Hernandez hit the ground running when he joined Leverkusen in summer 2015 and has shown no signs of stopping. The Mexican megastar scored 13 goals in his first 17 Bundesliga games, a feat no Werkself player had ever managed before him. © imago / Bernd Müller
Ailton: Pint-sized he may have been, but Ailton was a giant out on the pitch. The Brazilian striker made 219 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke, Bremen, Hamburg and Duisburg. He reached double figures in five of his six seasons at Bremen and won the league and cup double in 2003/04, a campaign he ended as top scorer with 28 goals. © gettyimages / Martin Rose/Bongarts
Giovane Elber: The highest-scoring Brazilian ever in the Bundesliga, Elber scored 133 goals in 260 league appearances for Bayern, Stuttgart and Gladbach. With Bayern, the striker won the Bundesilga title four times, the DFB Cup three times and the UEFA Champions League in 2001. He also lifted the DFB Cup in 1996/97 with Stuttgart. © gettyimages / Peter Schatz
Roberto Firmino: The attacker became a fully-fledged Brazil international while at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, and scored 38 goals in 140 Bundesliga appearances for the club between January 2011 and July 2015.
Martin Demichelis: The defender played in 174 Bundesliga matches for Bayern, scoring 13 goals, while only 13 Argentinians have ever made more top-flight appearances in Germany. Demichelis won the league and cup double four times with the Bavarians (in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010).
Roque Santa Cruz: The Paraguyan striker won five Bundesliga titles, four DFB Cups and the UEFA Champions League during eight seasons at Bayern, scoring 31 goals in 155 outings with the record champions.
Arturo Vidal: The tough-tackling Chilean midfielder has played in all 20 of Bayern's Bundesliga matches this season, having previously donned Leverkusen's colours 117 times between 2007 and 2011. No other Chilean has ever feautred as often in Germany's top division. © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein