Al Hilal's Gomis wins MVP, Top Scorer awards
Saitama: Bafetimbi Gomis of Al Hilal SFC scored a double of Sunday as he was named the 2019 AFC Champions League MVP and won the Top Scorer award.
Gomis scored 11 goals in Al Hilal's campaign, which saw the Saudi Arabia side win the AFC Champions League title after defeating Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds 3-0 on aggregate, with the former France international scoring Al Hilal's second goal in Sunday's 2-0 second leg win at the Saitama Stadium.
Gomis' goals and leadership played a pivotal role in Al Hilal's triumph, a first for the club after having fallen in the 2014 and 2017 finals.
Gomis was a mainstay in Al Hilal's campaign, featuring in all 14 matches the Saudi club played en route to winning the title.
"I want to say that I’m happy to win this individual prize, but the collective prize was our main target ahead of the game.
"This team was born from day one when we started to work in our camp in Austria. We have a lot of individual talents, but the collective part of the work is very important to bring this all together." said Gomis.
"I want to say thank you to our coach for strengthening the collective ability of the team and I want to thank him for bringing Al Hilal onto the right track after 20 years of missing the Asian title.
"Our coach and the players all deserve to be Asian champions today."
Urawa, meanwhile, won the Fairplay award.