Best Footballer in Asia 2018: Sunil Chhetri finishes above Andres Iniesta, Paulinho

Best Footballer in Asia 2018: Sunil Chhetri finishes above Andres Iniesta, Paulinho

 

            The Indian International forward has been placed above former FC Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta, former Barcelona midfielder Paulinho and former Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa. India's stalwart striker Sunil Chhetri has been ranked above some big names in footballing world in the list of top footballers in Asia in the year 2018.

 

            Chhetri finished at 21st position in the rankings, above players like Andres Iniesta, Paulinho and Shinji Kagawa. The ‘Best Footballer in Asia’ award is annually awarded by Titan Sports and consists of Asian origin players and foreigners playing for different clubs within Asia.

 

            In 2017, the striker, who plies his trade with Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League,, ended on 25th spot in the list and has climbed four spots to claim the 21st rank in the much coveted list. Here are the the final top 30 rankings:

 

  1. Son Heung Min (South Korea / Tottenham Hotspur )
  2. Makato Hasebe (Japan / Eintracht Frankfurt )
  3. Alireza Beirenvand (Iran /Persepolis FC)
  4. Suzuki Yuma (Japan / Kashima Antler)
  5. Baghdad Bounedjah (Algeria/ Al Sadd SC)
  6. Wu Lei (China / Shanghai SIPG)
  7. Alireza Jahanbaksh (Iran/AZ Alkmaar-Brighton & Hove Albion)
  8. Neil Etheridge (Philippines / Cardiff City)
  9. Takashi Inui (Japan / Eibar- Real Betis)
  10. Abdelkarim Hassan (Qatar/ Al Sadd FC)
  11. Yuya Osako (Japan / FC Koln- Werder Bremen)
  12. Aaron Mooy (Australia/ Huddersfield)
  13. Matthew Ryan (Australia/Brighton & Hove Albion)
  14. Salman Al-Faraj (Saudi Arabia /Al- Hilal)
  15. Nguyen Quang Hai (Vietnam/ Ha Noi FC)
  16. Akram Afif (Qatar/Al Sadd SC)
  17. Kwon Sun-Tae (South Korea / Kashima Antler)
  18. Hwang Ui-Jo (South Korea / Gamba Osaka)
  19. Marcus Berg (Sweden / Al-Ain FC)
  20. Gen Shoji (Japan / Kashima Antler)
  21. Sunil Chhetri (India / Bengaluru FC)
  22. Zhao Xianyou (Korea / Daegu)
  23. Valery Kichin (Kyrgyzstan / Yenisei)
  24. Paulinho (Brazil / Barcelona-Guangzhou Evergrande)
  25. Caio (Brazil / Al Ain)
  26. Omar Al Somah (Syria/ Al-Ahli)
  27. Chanathip Songkrasin (Thailand / Consadole Sapporo)
  28. Kengo Nakamura (Japan / Kawasaki Frontale)
  29. Shinji Kagawa (Japan / Borussia Dortmund)
  30. Odil Ahmedov (Uzbekistan / Shanghai SIPG)
  31. Sardar Azmoun (Iran/Rubin Kazan)
  32. Serginho (Brazil / America Mineiro- Kashima Antlers)
  33. Andres Iniesta (Spain/Vissel Kobe)

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