Asian teams had a very 2018 FIFA World Cup and even managed to upset some of top teams including the likes of Germany. Here we present to you 6 Asian players who impressed during the World Cup.
6) Majid Hosseini
Iran has some of finest attacking talent in Asia which includes the likes of Azmoun and Jahanbaksh but it was their defence which was impressive throughout the tournament. They conceded only 2 goals in 3 games in a group consisting of Spain and Portugal. A key player in their defensive unit was Majid Hosseini who was impressive coming up against the likes of Ronaldo and Deigo Costa. The center back is only 22 years old and has an amazing future ahead of him.
5) Gaku Shibasaki
Japan had an amazing World Cup and almost managed to knockout Belgium. They put in an amazing all-round show and scored 6 goals in 4 games. A key player in their ranks was their midfield general Gaku Shibasaki who dictated most of their attacks and put in a fine all round performence.
4) Jo Hyeon-Woo
Jo Hyeon-woo was one of the reason why Germany were knocked out of the World Cup. The 26-year-old was center of attraction as he made some excellent saves to help South Korea keep a clean sheet and beat Germany 2-0. He made 13 saves in the group stages which is most by a goalkeeper.
3) Salem Al-Dawsari
Salem Al-Dawsari is often regarded as one of finest attacking players in Asia. The Saudi Arabian winger was amongst top 5 players with most dribbles in the group stage of the World Cup, He also scored a winner in stoppage time as they beat Egypt 2-1 in their final group stage game.
Ali Bieranvand was homeless a few years ago in Iran as he left his home to follow his dream of becoming a footballer. The goalkeeper was impressive and saved a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo to help Iran hold Portugal to a 1-1 draw.
Takashi Inui was one of finest attacking players in whole World Cup. The 30-year-old was amazing in attack for Japan as they reached the quarter finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.