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Top 10 Most Expensive Football Players in Asian Countries

Indeed Asia has not been a developing region of football for a long time. However, since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea was successfully held, football in this continent has developed strongly. Asian players and teams have made quite good performances in the international football tournaments. So, who is in the list of top 10 best football players in Asian countries at this time?

Son Heung-Min (South Korea/ Tottenham Hotspur) – 64 million euros

Over the years, the Korean striker is an irreplaceable part of Tottenham football club. He also became the first Asian player in history to get 50 goals in the Premier League. The importance of Son Heung-Min is even compared to Harry Kane.

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Son Heung-Min is considered as the most valuable Asian football player at this time.

The Korean superstar is in the list of the top 40 most expensive players in the world and is expected to reach 100 million euros. His transfer value is even larger than the total of four players ranked below in the top 5 most valuable in Asia.

Shoya Nakajima (Japan/ FC Porto) – 16 million euros

Shoya Nakajima (Japan/ FC Porto)/ Image via

On July 5th, 2019, Football Club Porto announced that they have signed a five-year contract with Nakajima for a fee of 12 million euros. He scored the first goal for Porto on December 19th to Santa Clara in the fifth round of the Portuguese Cup. Shoya Nakajima plays as a left winger and used to play for the Japanese national team in Copa America. Although Porto possesses a lot of good young talents, Shoya Nakajima has still confirmed his ability in the football club.

Sardar Azmoun (Iran/ Zenit St.Petersburg) – 14.5 million euros

Although Sardar Azmoun is only 25 years old, he is becoming the number one player in Iran at this time. This player is also known as “Messi of Iran” with his skillful and speedy play style. Sardar Azmoun has joined the most famous football club in Russia, Zenit since 2018. After 45 appearances, this player has scored 26 goals and has 10 assists.

Takefusa Kubo (Japan/ RCD Mallorca) – 13.5 million euros

Takefusa Kubo matured from Barcelona and joined Real Madrid last summer. Currently, this player is on loan at Mallorca until the end of the season. In Mallorca, Takefusa Kubo played quite impressively.

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Takefusa Kubo is a potential player of Japan.

After 25 appearances, this player has scored 6 goals, which is not easy in La Liga. With Real Madrid, owing Kubo is a way for them to have a player with great development potential and known as “Messi of Japan”. It is also a big step in conquering the market of Japan.

Lee Kang-in (Korea/ Valencia) 13.5 million euros

Lee Kang-in moved to Valencia in 2011 at the age of 10 and became one of the best members of the club’s youth academy. Lee Kang-in is expected to become the new Son Heung-Min because of the huge development potential. In this season, Lee Kang-in appears quite often in Valencia’s shirt and is highly appreciated for is creativity and good-quality passes. Valencia fans even compared Lee Kang-in to player David Silva.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (Japan/ Bologna FC) – 13 million euros

Takehiro Tomiyasu moved to Bologna last summer and immediately became the most important player in the Serie A club. This defender even won the August Player of the Month award in Serie A. Takehiro is a young player with high potential. He is one of the “hot” names in Serie A in this season. Many clubs in Italy are also wanting this Japanese defender.

Hwang Hee-chan (South Korea/ FC Red Bull Salzburg) – 10 million euros

Hwang Hee-chan is Takumi Minanino’s former teammate at RB Salzburg club. He also made a strong impression in the Champion League group stage this season when combining with Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino to make a dangerous trio.

In this season, Hwang Hee-chan has played 29 matches for the Austrian club, scored 13 goals and had 16 assists. Experts say that the day Hwang Hee-chan moves to play for big clubs in Europe is not far away.

Takumi Minamino (Japan/Liverpool) – 10 million euros

After a period of great success in RB Salzburg (especially in the Champions League this season), the star of Japanese football was recruited by Liverpool during the winter transfer window.

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Takumi Minamino is one of the most expensive players of Japan

In fact, Takumi Minamino has just played for Liverpool for a short time, which is not enough to help this player to make a mark in the club. However, Takumi Minamino is expected to return and play better after the break due to the pandemic.

Daichi Kamada (Japan/ Eintracht Frankfurt) – 8 million euros

Daichi Kamada is considered as one of the outstanding young talents of Japanese football at this time. After showing his breakthrough in the J-league, the player moved to Sint-Truidense before moving to Frankfurt in 2017. In this season, the 23-year-old midfielder only scored one goal for Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. However, he played well in the Europa League. He even scored a brace against Arsenal and a hat-trick in a match against RB Salzburg.

Wu Lei (China/ RCD Espanyol) – 8 million euros

In the context that Chinese football is going through a difficult time, Wu Lei is a bright spot. He is the only Chinese player to compete in the top 5 leagues in Europe. Wu Lei joined Espanyol in 2018 after 14 years of playing in the country. So far, the Chinese striker has had 49 appearances for the Spanish club and scored 10 goals.

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Wu Lei has gained a lot of achievements in his career.

Wu Lei won the Chinese Super League in 2018. Earlier in 2007, he and Shanghai SIPG won the Chinese League Two and Chinese League One in 2012. At the national level, he and the Chinese team won the 2010 East Asian Football Championship. This is also Wu Lei’s only championship title with the national team.

Asian football is making new developed steps along with the development of world football. Moreover, Asian football is proud to have many football talents that are important players at the top football clubs in Europe, scored important goals in the top tournaments of the world.

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Written by Marcus Richards

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