Son Heung-min Wins Asian Best Footballer, Iran's Azmoun Comes Fourth
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Tottenham and Korea Republic star Son Heung-min is the Best Footballer in Asia for 2017, as named by the panel recruited by award organizers Titan Sports.
It is his third win in five years and exemplifies how the South Korean really is something special, with three out of five bordering on domination.
The Tottenham forward has had an excellent year in the English Premier League – one of the top leagues in the world – and the UEFA Champions League, the best club competition around where the highest standards are reached. Furthermore, he helped Korea Republic qualify for a 9th successive World Cup.
Son ended the 2016-17 English season by helping Spurs to a fine second-place finish behind Chelsea, with 14 leagues goals – and 21 in all competition – to his name, foxsportsasia.com wrote.
Omar Khribin came second and the Syrian striker can look back on a year in which he became a major figure in Asian football.
Rafael Silva took third. There is usually a foreign player that makes the top three and the Brazilian did so much to help Urawa win the AFC Champions League. His nine goals were impressive enough, but especially more so when many were crucial ones in the knockout round.
Sardar Azmoun of Iran narrowly finished behind Silva in fourth place, while Paulinho rounded off the top five.