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Vote for your best 2020 AFC Champions League Team: Midfielders


Kuala Lumpur: As football lovers across Asia look forward to the return of the AFC Champions League, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI of the 2020 edition.

Over the past two weeks we have seen the goalkeeper and the back four in front of him decided, so now it's time to turn our attention to the midfield and find out who you consider the top trio.

So, here are the 10 players in contention for three places in the centre of the park. Review the candidates and then select your favourite for this all-star XI in the poll below.

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Yoon Bit-garam - Ulsan Hyundai, KOR

  • 4 goals scored (Best overall record)
  • 3 assists
  • 22 chances created (Best overall record)

In eight appearances and 722 minutes played in the 2020 edition, Yoon Bit-garam was a stand-out and his exceptional talent saw him named the tournament MVP.

The 30-year-old scored four goals, more than any other midfielder in the tournament, and was also the only player to score two goals from outside the box.

On top of three assists, no other player created more chances than Yoon's 22.


Teruhito Nakagawa - Yokohama F. Marinos, JPN

  • 4 goals
  • 4 assists (Best overall record)

Yokohama F. Marinos had a historical run in the 2020 edition, reaching the Round of 16 for the first time, and Teruhito Nakagawa played a prominent member in their success.

The 28-year-old Japan international was clinical in the final third, etching his name on the scoresheet with four goals, as well as four assists.


Jonathan Viera - Beijing FC, CHN

  • 2 goals
  • 4 assists
  • 21 chances created (2nd best overall)

Jonathan Viera was instrumental as Beijing FC advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time.

He scored two goals, made four assists and only Yoon Bit-garam created more chances than Viera's 21. He also proved his importance in the middle of the park, recording more touches (635), attempting more passes (494) and more dribbles (21) than his teammates.


Santi Cazorla - Al Sadd SC, QAT

  • 2 assists
  • 9 chances created
  • 71.25 passes per game, 94.25 touches per game

Al Sadd's 2020 campaign was cut short in the Round of 16 after losing 1-0 to eventual finalists Persepolis, but it didn't stop Santi Cazorla from impressing the world.

Playing four full matches, Cazorla averaged 71.25 passes per game, which was the highest average among his squad. The former Spain internationalalso created nine chances for his team, assisting in two goals.


Han Seung-gyu - FC Seoul, KOR

  • 2 assists
  • 17 chances created
  • 16 dribbles completed

It is safe to say that Han Seung-gyu stood out in FC Seoul's camp, being the only player in the team to assist two goals. The 24-year-old Korea Republic international created 17 chances, more than double the amount of any other teammate.

Additionally, Han attempted at least five more dribbles than any other FC Seoul player.


Akram Afif - Al Sadd SC, QAT

  • 3 goals
  • 1 assist
  • 13 chances created

It is no surprise to see Akram Afif, the 2019 AFC Player of the Year, nominated in this list as he created 13 chances in 527 minutes played.

In six appearances, Afif was involved in four of Al Sadd's goals, scoring three and assisting in one - only Baghdad Bounedjah was involved in more for the Qatari club.


Takuya Kida - Yokohama F. Marinos, JPN

  • 93.1% passing accuracy (Best overall record)
  • 8 interceptions

Takuya Kida was a central figure for Yokohama F. Marinos with the ever-dependable midfielder having the highest passing accuracy in the tournament with over 300 passes attempted.

In seven appearances and 474 minutes playing minutes, the 26-year-old made eight interceptions - more than any other player in the Yokohama squad.


Andrés Iniesta - Vissel Kobe, JPN

  • 2 goals
  • 1 assist
  • 9 successful dribbles

All eyes were on Andrés Iniesta the moment Vissel Kobe secured their first-ever qualification to the AFC Champions League, and the legendary Spaniard did not disappoint.

In six appearances, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner was involved in three goals, with two goals to his name and one assist.

The 36-year-old suffered an injury in the Round of 16 match against Shanghai SIPG FC but played one last match in to send Vissel Kobe into the semi-finals, where they would lose to eventual champions Ulsan Hyundai FC.


Sin Jin-ho - Ulsan Hyundai FC, KOR

  • 2 assists
  • 7 chances created
  • 623 touches, 537 passes

Sin Jin-ho was an ever-present in the Ulsan Hyundai team, appearing in as many as nine games and accumulating 644 minutes playing time.

Sin created seven chances for Ulsan and picked up two assists as well. He was also involved in 537 passes, more than any other player in Ulsan and was second in most touches (623).


Renato Augusto - Beijing FC, CHN

  • 2 goals
  • 3 assists
  • 15 chances created
  • 42 duels won

Renato Augusto was easily the danger man in Beijing FC's squad. Showing brilliant partnership with Jonathan Viera, Augusto scored two goals and had three assists.

The Brazilian midfielder was a team player as well, creating as many as 14 chances and winning 42 duels.


Bashar Resan - Persepolis FC, IRN

  • 1 goal
  • 2 assists
  • 13 chances created

Persepolis' journey to the 2020 final was impressive and Bashar Resan played a major role as the 24-year-old appeared in every match from the Group Stage to the final.

The Iraq international scored one goal and from the 13 chances he created for his team, he picked up two assists.

Resan also displayed his individual talent, completing 13 dribbles and had an 80% passing accuracy.


Now you've read up on our 10 nominees for the midfield positions, tell us who you want to make the line-up by voting below.

The poll has ended. The Best XI chosen by fans and the Best XI based on the 2020 statistics will be announced on January 26.

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