Yeferson Soteldo - The diminutive Venzeulean is a lot of fun. He may not always be Santos’ star man due to his slight tendency to go missing in games as well as a lack of physicality but there are few better in South America at emerging from the shadows to turn a game on its head. His semi-final goal against Boca was a perfect demonstration of his abilities. Combining acceleration, agility, balance and a surprisingly strong leg. Soteldo shimmied away from a couple of defenders before riffling it past Andrada in the Boca goal, all but killing off the tie. With Santos going into the game as underdogs they could well be relying on a moment of magic, and in Soteldo they have someone who is more than capable of providing it.
Kaio Jorge - At just 18 Kaio Jorge has had a phenomenal debut Libertadores campaign. Currently sitting on 5 goals in 11 games, he is Santos’ top scorer and will be looking to seize his moment on the biggest stage Brazilian domestic football has had in 15 years. Jorge, like Palmeiras’ Gabriel Veron, made his name at last year's U-17 World Cup, scoring five goals and registering one assist. With a fast, fluid and upright running style, the tall forward has something of Kaka or Alexandre Pato in full stride, which combined with his finishing means he will definitely be one to watch.
Words by Andy Gallagher