Kuala Lumpur: As excitement continues to build for the return of the AFC Champions League in September, the-AFC.com asks you, the fans, to vote for your favourite goal in the competition from the past decade.
Looking back at the tournaments from 2010 to 2019, we've selected 20 of the best goals scored in Asia's biggest club competition and now ask you to tell us your favourite, which will be announced ahead of the AFC Champions League's resumption next month.
Splitting them into two semi-finals with 10 goals apiece, our first offering features stunning solo efforts, thunderbolts from distance and much more, so enjoy the trip down memory lane and cast your vote at the bottom of the article. The top five highest rated will progress to September's finale!
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Heverton – Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
vs Nagoya Grampus, March 7, 2012
Having already scored on his AFC Champions League debut, Heverton ensured the Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma fans would never forget him when the Brazilian equalised against Nagoya Grampus in audacious fashion.
Chasing the game in stoppage time, compatriot Everton sent a speculative overhead kick towards Heverton, who connected perfectly with a second overhead kick in quick succession to secure a 2-2 draw.
Wesley – Al Hilal
vs Al Ain, April 23, 2013
Wesley's excellent goal in Al Hilal's 2-0 group stage win over Al Ain in 2013 was recently voted by fans as the best team goal scored in the AFC Champions League, and it's easy to see why.
In a move that features iconic Hilalis Mohammed Al Shalhoub and Yasser Al Qahtani, the Saudi giants carve open the Emirati backline with a slick give-and-go between Wesley and Al Qahtani the precursor to the Brazilian's neat finish.
Andranik Teymourian – Esteghlal
vs Buriram United, September 18, 2013
It's a goal that's been replayed time and again, but Andranik Teymourian's unstoppable rocket against Thailand's Buriram United in the 2013 quarter-finals is well worthy of the acclaim.
Esteghlal were all but ensured of their place in the last four when the midfielder turned his marker and unleashed a piledriver that flew into the top corner to seal a 3-1 aggregate win with what was his only AFC Champions League goal.
Hiroyuki Abe – Gamba Osaka
vs Guangzhou R&F, April 22, 2015
Japanese football at its finest, with Gamba Osaka producing a move of pure class to open up the Guangzhou R&F defence and go two goals to the good in a 5-0 group stage win in 2015.
Excellent interchange play down the left side saw the ball eventually arrive at Takashi Usami, whose nonchalant outside-of-the-foot delivery is headed down by Patric to give Hiroyuki Abe an easy finish.
Paulinho – Guangzhou Evergrande
vs Kashiwa Reysol, August 25, 2015
Paulinho announced his arrival to Asian football in emphatic style when his swerving 40-yard free-kick against Kashiwa Reysol put Guangzhou Evergrande two up in the first leg of the 2015 quarter-finals.
Against the backdrop of a sea of yellow at Kashiwa Soccer Stadium, the Brazilian's effort leaves Takanori Sugeno completely flat-footed before ecstatic celebrations ensued among Guangzhou players and coaching staff.
Abdulmajeed Al Swat – Al Taawoun
vs Lokomotiv, April 25, 2017
In a thrilling 4-4 draw between Lokomotiv and Al Taawoun, Abdulmajeed Al Swat provided the moment of the match with an incredible solo goal that broke the deadlock in Tashkent.
Picking the ball up just inside his own half, the Saudi midfielder held off the initial challenge, danced past three more defenders and delivered a composed low finish into the bottom corner before reeling off in celebration.
Chanathip Songkrasin – Muangthong United
vs Brisbane Roar, April 26, 2017
Featuring the core of an ever-improving Thai national team with a sprinkling of foreign talent, Muangthong United were a welcome addition to the 2017 tournament and in Chanathip Songkrasin they boasted one of the most exciting players to have come from Southeast Asia.
A goal up against Brisbane Roar, the attacking midfielder produces a lovely first touch to evade his marker before going past another defender with ease, rounding the goalkeeper and tapping into an empty net with an effort that was voted the AFC Champions League's best solo goal.
Ikromjom Alibaev – Lokomotiv
vs Al Wahda, February 12, 2018
Back in Tashkent, but this time with a goal for Lokomotiv as Ikromjon Alibaev delivers a moment of magic in the group stage game with Al Wahda. A great touch, quick thinking and supreme precision – this goal had the lot.
After flicking the ball round his marker, the midfielder spots Rashed Ali off his line and from inside his own half sends a perfectly weighted effort over the outstretched custodian to put his side two up in a 5-0 win.
Shojae Khalilzadeh – Persepolis
vs Al Ahli, April 9, 2019
Fans voted this Shojae Khalilzadeh goal as the best of the 2019 AFC Champions League with the defender showing an attacker's instinct as he expertly volleys home to put Persepolis a goal up against Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli.
With the ball in midair, Khalilzadeh shows fine agility to adjust his body and send a perfectly executed strike into the back of the net. Sadly for the 2018 runners-up, the 2-0 win would prove the highlight as they failed to make it beyond the group stage.
Safawi Rasid - Johor Darul Ta'zim
vs Shandong Luneng, April 9, 2019
Another goal that continually proves popular among fans, Safawi Rasid's stunning effort against Shandong Luneng was voted as the Continental competition's best curler after he provided debutants Johor Darul Ta'zim with a moment to remember.
One of Southeast Asia's brightest young stars, the forward offered a glimpse of his capabilities, gliding past Wu Xinghan into a shooting position and then sending a sumptuous strike into the top corner with a goal of genuine quality.
The poll has ended. A reminder that only the top five rated goals will secure a place in September's final. Than you for voting.
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