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The era of Suarez Cavani is coming to an end: who are the players who can replace them as leaders in Uruguay?

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are gradually coming to the end of their careers, who are the players who will take up leadership in Uruguay after them?  

Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez
Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani's long term strike partnership of over 10 years for the Uruguayan national team is gradually approaching the end. At 34 years, both strikers have not much personal desires left to fulfill and should they retire today they will certainly be happy with what they have achieved in their respective careers.

It has not been all about goals from the two but also about leadership in the national team which was ably supremed by Diego Godin. All three men may not be at next year's World Cup and if they are, it would be the end of their time with the national team. Who are the players who could take up the leadership of the team?

José Maria Gimenez

The tough Atletico Madrid defender is expected to lead the team in defence just like Diego Godin who also played for Atletico Madrid. At 25, his skills and leadership is certainly not questionable but his fitness could well be a problem.

Federico Valverde

The 23year old versatile Real Madrid defender is one of the most technically gifted and dept Uruguayan players. He can operate in all midfield positions and has also played right-back. He played with swollen feet earlier this year for Madrid, which shows he could be the man for the team when needed.

Darwin Nunez

The FC Benfica forward who scored two goals against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League certainly has more to offer the team. At 22, he is expected to lead the team and replace the goalscoring of Suarez and Cavani as well as bring leadership into the team for the next decade.

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