Kuala Lumpur: Korea Republic talisman and Tottenham Hotspur superstar, Son Heung-min is Asia’s Choice for the continent’s Best International Player of 2020.
The award recognises club and national team performances of Asian men’s players registered to professional clubs outside of the AFC.
Son, a three-time AFC International Player of the Year Award winner has been recognised for a superb calendar year, in which he scored 22 club goals and developed an exceptional partnership with England’s Harry Kane.
He was voted Premier League Player of the Month in October and, in a year of minimal national team football, represented Korea Republic in friendlies against Mexico and Qatar.
The award is the latest in a slew of recent honours for Son, who also won Tottenham’s 2019-20 Player of the Year, the 2020 KFA Player of the Year and became just the second Asian player to win the FIFA Puskás Award for the most beautiful goal in world football.
How they finished: Asia’s Choice – Best International Player of 2020
Top 10 Total Points
- Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur/KOR) 25.03
- Mehdi Taremi (Rio Ave, FC Porto/IRN) 19.34
- Ali Adnan (Vancouver Whitecaps/IRQ) 18.14
- Nikita Rukavystya (Maccabi Haifa/AUS) 17.39
- Sardar Azmoun (Zenit/IRN) 12.88
- Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna/JPN) 4.12
- Lee Kang-in (Valencia/KOR) 0.74
- Kaveh Rezaei (RSC Charleroi/IRN) 0.62
- Takumi Minamino (Liverpool/JPN) 0.56
- Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt/JPN) 0.50
Son’s points total of 25.03 was enough for him to edge out FC Porto’s Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi (19.34), while Iraqi left-back Ali Adnan rounded up the top three with a tally of (18.14).
Prolific strikers Nikita Rukavytsya and Sardar Azmoun rounded out the top five. IR Iran and Japan both supplied three players in the top 10, while Ali Adnan is the only top 10 finisher playing for a club outside Europe.
About Asia’s Choice – 2020 Fan Awards
The winners of each Asia’s Choice – 2020 Fan Awards category were supplied by hundreds of thousands of fan votes, as well as votes from an independent panel of experts comprising veteran journalists Michael Church and Wael Jabir and Matchday Asia pundit Rhysh Roshan Rai.
Fan votes were given a 60 per cent weighting, with the remaining 40 per cent contributed by the expert panel, culminating in a combined, points-based total for each shortlisted player.
The Asia’s Choice – 2020 Fan Awards are not intended to act as a replacement for the official AFC Annual Awards, but to serve as an opportunity for Asian football’s loyal fans to lend their voice to determining the continent’s best.
Photos: AFP, RSC Charleroi, AFC