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Al Nassr’s Abderrazak Hamdallah wins 2020 AFC Champions League Top Scorer award


Doha: Al Nassr striker Abderrazak Hamdallah was crowned the 2020 AFC Champions League’s top goal scorer on Saturday, finishing with a tournament-best seven.

The Moroccan star finished level on goals and assists with victorious Ulsan Hyundai FC front man Júnior Negrão but won the award by virtue of having played fewer total minutes throughout the competition.

Hamdallah’s win makes him the first Al Nassr player, as well as the first from Morocco to win the prestigious honour, with his seven goals coming at a rate of one per match in an exceptional individual campaign.

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The 30-year-old was pivotal to his side’s charge to the semi-finals, scoring in every match except one, including a brace against Sepahan in the group stage.

Al Nassr’s semi-final elimination meant Hamdallah had to wait more than two months to find out whether the award would be his, and it came under serious challenge from Júnior, who scored twice in Saturday’s AFC Champions League final to draw level on seven goals.

 

 

Under the tournament regulations, the player with the most assists in the competition is awarded the honour in the event of a tie, but with both players supplying one assist in this year’s campaign, Hamdallah prevailed thanks to his record of seven goals in 653 minutes of total playing time.

The award is far from the first individual honour won in Hamdallah’s career. He has twice been the top scorer in the Saudi Pro League, and also won the Qatar Stars League boot while playing for El Jaish in 2015-16

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