Five high­est-val­ued play­ers in Asian Cup

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

The AFC Asian Cup 2019 has al­ready given us some mo­ments to re­mem­ber. The tour­na­ment con­tin­ues to be ex­cit­ing as we move ahead, with top play­ers from Asia giv­ing it their all.

Some top play­ers have mixed it up with the very best in Europe, and as a re­sult, have found them­selves lead­ing the high­est value pile in terms of mone­tary gain.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, some fa­mil­iar names make our list to­day:

■ #5 Matt Ryan, Aus­tralia (€8mil­lion)

Aussie goal­keeper Matt Ryan makes the list in fifth place, af­ter mak­ing an im­pres­sion in the Premier League with club side Brighton. The Socceroos will be de­pen­dent on him to pull off some big saves as they aim to re­tain their crown.

■ #4 Sar­dar Az­moun, Iran (€9.5mil­lion)

Az­moun has been top class for Iran since his show­ing at the World Cup in Rus­sia, and the Ru­bin Kazan star has made his name as a high value player too.

His mone­tary value is on the rise, and with more top per­for­mances for Iran, this num­ber could go much higher very eas­ily.

■ #3 Yoshi­nori Muto, Ja­pan (€10mil­lion)

Ja­pan for­ward Yoshi­nori Muto is up next on our list, a cool 10mil­lion of his own. The New­cas­tle United man may be struggling to break into Rafa Ben­itez’s lineup all the time, but his goal against Manch­ester United ear­lier in the sea­son will be re­mem­bered for a long time to come.

His Asian Cup cam­paign should be given a head-start through this, and Ja­pan will hope he comes good soon.

■ #2 Alireza Ja­han­bakhsh, Iran (€18mil­lion)

Alireza Ja­han­bakhsh made his name for Iran at the World Cup last year, and hasn’t looked back since. Hav­ing joined Brighton in the Premier League, his value has gone up im­mensely, and this tour­na­ment is proof of just that.

The Ira­ni­ans will hope that he picks up his form though, as they have as­pi­ra­tions to reach the top very soon.

■ #1 Son He­ung-min, Korea Repub­lic (€50mil­lion)

Who else but Son He­ung-min to top off this list? The Korean has been pro­lific for Premier League club Tottenham Hot­spur, and con­tin­ues to pro­duce the goods for his coun­try as well.

If Korea Repub­lic are to go all the way in this tour­na­ment, their fa­vorite ‘son’ needs to be at his very best.

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