This article profiles the 20 finest Asian players in the world today.
Although only a handful of the continent’s stars feature in the Champions League, Asia still possesses a number of excellent players, making pertinent contributions across the world of football.
Japan’s performance at the recent Confederations Cup, and their fascinating approach under Alberto Zaccheroni, could raise the benchmark for Asian football.
The rejuvenation of the Bundesliga has benefited the continent’s football as numerous Japanese and Korean players have emerged as major players at some of the division’s stronger sides.
Naturally, Japan and South Korea, two of the continent’s giants, are strongly represented within this list, while Iran, who will also head to the World Cup next summer, have their own fine players as well.
Australia, who take part in Asian qualification, were not considered, as the country is not part of the Asian continent, while the likes of Turkey, Armenia and Russia, countries that straddle Europe and Asia, were also excluded from consideration.