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Top South American players came together on Thursday to throw a birthday meal for the Brazil international at his home in the north west

Their clubs may be some of the bitterest rivals in the north west of England but a some of the Premier League's top South American stars did not mind crossing the divide to celebrate Lucas Leiva's birthday.

Brazil international Lucas, who turned 27 on Thursday, was joined by friends spanning four countries, two continents and three of the biggest clubs in England.

Manchester City's Fernandinho, United twins Rafael and Fabio, and Liverpool club-mate Coutinho represented Brazil at the dinner table.

Argentina and Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta and Liverpool strikers Luis Suarez, Uruguay, and Iago Aspas, Spain (not traditionally considered part of South America, granted) made up the numbers.

It is natural for players from different clubs to socialise away from the action of the Premier League, but that did not stop some confusion among Lucas' Instagram followers, who appeared confused by the presence of Manchester United players at the Liverpool man's home. Oops!

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