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Best Asian Footballer Nominees: Theerathon Bunmathan representing Thailand, Sunil Chhetri, Wu Lei participated

Best Asian Footballer Nominees: Theerathon Bunmathan representing Thailand, Sunil Chhetri, Wu Lei participated

Theerathon Bunmathan, Sunil Chhetri and Wu Lei have been named in the shortlist at the Best Asian Footballer award by the prestigious Chinese newspaper Titan Sports.

The Best Asian Footballer is the annual award of Titan Sports (China) in honor of the best players of the year. The award will be voted by 50 journalists representing the Asian Football Confederation.

Son Heung Min is still considered the No. 1 candidate for the award. Previously, the Korean striker was honored as the Best Asian Footballer by the Asian Football Federation.

Last year, the striker wearing Tottenham shirt was also named the Best Asian Footballer voted by Titan Sports. In the past, he also won this award in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Meanwhile, Thai star Chanathip Songkrasin is not on the list of Titan Sports. The only representative of Thailand is defender Theerathon Bunmathan, who has just won the J1 League title with club Yokohama F. Marinos.

Best Asian Footballer Nominees: Theerathon Bunmathan representing Thailand, Sunil Chhetri, Wu Lei participated

Notably, in the shortlist in this award, India No. 1 star Sunil Chhetri appears, along with China's Wulei and Nguyen Quang Hai - Vietnamese best player.

It is worth mentioning that the award also honors foreign players competing in Asia. Therefore, Giovinco, Paulinho are in this list.

List of candidates for Asian Footballer of the Year:

Akram Afif / Al Sadd (Qatar) / Qatar

Almoez Ali / Al Duhail (Qatar) / Qatar

Mohanad Ali / Al Shorta (Iraq) / Al Duhail (Qatar) / Iraq

Sardar Azmoun / Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia) / Iran

Baghdad Bounedjah / Al Sadd (Qatar) / Algeria

Theerathon Bunmathan / Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan) / Thailand

Sunil Chhetri / Bengaluru (India) / India

Salem Al Dawsari / Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) / Saudi Arabia

Bafétimbi Gomis / Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) / France

Sebastian Giovinco/ Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) / Italy

Lee Kang-in / Valencia (Spain) / South Korea

Ali Mabkhout / Al Jazira (UAE) / UAE

Takumi Minamino / Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) / Japan

Yuto Nagatomo / Galatasaray (Turkey) / Japan

Nguyen Quang Hai / Hanoi FC (Vietnam) / Vietnam

Yuya Osako / Werder Bremen (Germany) / Japan

Paulinho / Guangzhou Evergrande (China) / Brazil

Bassam Al Rawi / Al Duhail (Qatar) / Qatar

Mathew Ryan / Brighton (England) / Australia

Eldor Shomurodov / Rostov (Russia) / Uzbekistan

Omar Al Soma / Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) / Syria

Son Heung-min / Tottenham Hotspur (England) / South Korea

Adam Taggart / Brisbane Roars (Australia) / Suwon Bluewings (South Korea) / Australia

Wu Lei / Espanyol (Spain) / China