5 players with a point to prove at the 2015 Copa America

While global football superstars of the likes of Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazilian forward Neymar will have football fans following their every move at the 2015 Copa America in Chile, some other players are looking to use the competition as a personal platform to rekindle careers at both club and international level.

1. Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb, on loan from Manchester United)

Country: Chile Age: 21 Position: Striker

Hailed as the future of La Roja's frontline, Henriquez burst onto the scene after racking up 11 goals in 17 appearances in his professional debut campaign with local club Universidad de Chile in 2011 at just 17 years of age.

A 4 million euro (S$6.1 million) transfer to English football giants Manchester United a year later confirmed his status as one of Europe's brightest young marksmen, but several successive unsuccessful loan stints after have seen his star wane slightly.

Good performances from the pacy finisher in the Copa, to build on a promising season at Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb where he top-scored 21 goals, can rekindle his career be it back at his parent club or other suitors elsewhere.

2. Casemiro (FC Porto, on loan from Real Madrid)

Country: Brazil Age: 23 Position: Central/Defensive midfielder

Recently the subject of a complex transfer wrangle between Real Madrid and Porto, Porto activated a clause to buy his playing rights permanently, but it was subsequently annulled and he was recalled by parent club Real Madrid, showing the high regard for the cerebral midfielder's performances this season.

After driving Porto in their brilliant run to the Champions League quarter-finals last season, the cultured playmaker's talents are on display now at the Copa America, where he will look to initiate attacks from deep for Brazil and stake a claim for a regular berth in the Real midfield next season.

3. Nicolas Lodeiro (Boca Juniors, Argentina)

Country: Uruguay Age: 26 Position: Attacking Midfielder/ Forward

The mecurial player was once seen as Uruguay's next great schemer after the retirement of Alvaro Recoba. Yet, after some sparkling displays at youth level notably for the national Under-20s, he has flattered to deceive on the biggest stages, significantly being the first player to be sent off at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

An elegant left-footer once on Ajax's books, he is well-known for mazy dribbles and a velvet touch, and will need to conjure up some inspiring performances to resurrect his journeyman club career so far.

4.Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul, Mexico)

Country: Mexico Age: 34 Position: Goalkeeper

Calm keeper who despite a relative lack of height, has a knack of pulling off astonishing acrobatics to keep opponents at bay. Has had to play second-fiddle to fellow keepers in great form before previous international tournaments, firstly in the 2006 World Cup to the experienced Oswaldo Sanchez, 2010 to Oscar Perez and then in 2014 to Guillermo Ochoa.

At club level, he also received a setback when a proposed move to Italian champions Juventus fell through due to visa issues. Yet, now finally established as first choice for the Copa, he will look to inspire his own legacy as El Tri's regular custodian.

5. Cristian Zapata (AC Milan, Italy)

Country: Colombia Age: 28 Position: Central defender/ Full back

The athletic stopper was on the yearly wishlists of a host of top European clubs seeking a centre-half after turning in consistently solid displays for Italian club Udinese since they signed him as an 18-year-old.

However, subsequent moves to Spanish outfit Villarreal and then AC Milan have not seen him mature into the commanding leader at the back he was projected to become. A good tournament at the heart of the Colombian backline will help cement his place in a Milan backline on the verge of overhaul, after a disappointing season where they finished 10th in Serie A.

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