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Best ACL Goal of the Decade – Safawi Rasid (Johor Darul Ta'zim)

Kuala Lumpur: Johor Darul Ta'zim star Safawi Rasid's curler against Shandong Luneng has been voted as the AFC Champions League's Best Goal of the Decade.

Of the 10 finalists, Safawi's stunning effort against Shandong Luneng in the 2019 AFC Champions League garnered 34 percent of the votes.

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Safawi's triumph came at the end of three weeks of voting with Asia’s football fans having come together to celebrate the best AFC Champions League goals from the last 10 years.

Hundreds of thousands of football lovers voted from an initial list of 20 semi-finalists and with the 2020 AFC Champions League set to resume on Monday, we can be sure of more great goals from Asia's premier club competition.

Check out the 10 goals which made the final and poll results at the bottom of the article.

Abdulaziz Al Dawsari – Al Hilal
vs Al Ittihad, May 24, 2011

It may have been a consolation for Al Hilal in their 2011 Round of 16 defeat against Al Ittihad, but that takes nothing away from the genuine quality of this Abdulaziz Al Dawsari goal, which garnered the second highest number of votes in Semi-Final 2.

Three down against their Jeddah rivals, the winger dances past one defender, creates space for himself on the edge of the area and sends a beautiful dinked effort beyond the outstretched 'keeper into the back of the net.

Wesley – Al Hilal
vs Al Ain, April 23, 2013

Another Al Hilal player makes the cut, with Wesley's excellent goal in the Riyadh side's 2-0 group stage win over Al Ain in 2013 into the final 10 after earlier also being voted by fans as the best team goal scored in the AFC Champions League.

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

There was no surprise to see Andranik Teymourian's unstoppable rocket from the 2013 quarter-finals against Buriram United take its place in the final and, indeed, of the 10 contenders the midfielder's strike received the second-highest number of votes in Semi-Final 1.

Esteghlal were all but ensured of their place in the last four when Teymourian turned his marker and unleashed a piledriver to seal a 3-1 aggregate win. While the Iranians then exited in the semi-finals, will their former player come out on top in the Goal of the Decade?

Mahmoud Khamis – Al Nasr
vs Tractorsazi Tabriz, May 17, 2016

There were nine goals over two legs in this last 16 tie between Al Nasr and Tractorsazi Tabriz and, not only was Mahmoud Khamis' first-leg stunner the pick of the bunch, it also proved to be decisive.

With a minute to play, the full-back produces an incredible effort from fully 30 yards that flew into the back of the net. The Emiratis eventually edged into the quarter-final 5-4 on aggregate, while Khamis scraped into this particular final by an even finer margin.

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 a moment worthy of the admission fee alone with a mazy 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, jinked his way past three more defenders and delivered a composed low finish into the bottom corner before reeling off in celebration.

Mame Thiam – Esteghlal
vs Zobahan, May 15, 2018

Mame Thiam is the second former Esteghlal player to make the final and fans of the Tehran giants must wonder if their side, too, could have reached the showpiece event had the Senegalese stuck around after this last 16 win over Zobahan.

The striker's second of a treble was among the goals of the competition, winning the ball 30 yards out and then sending a delightful arching effort into the top right corner to bring Azadi Stadium to its feet. Thiam departed before the quarter-finals, where Esteghlal exited to Al Sadd.

Shojae Khalilzadeh – Persepolis
vs Al Ahli, April 9, 2019

Fans voted this Shojae Khalilzadeh goal as the best of the 2019 AFC Champions League and they voted in their masses once more to see the Persepolis defender into the Goal of the Decade final this time round.

With the ball in midair, Khalilzadeh shows fine agility to adjust his body and expertly volley into the back of the net. Sadly for the 2018 runners-up, the 2-0 win would prove the highlight in 2019 as they failed to make it beyond the group stage.

Safawi Rasid – Johor Darul Ta'zim
vs Shandong Luneng, April 9, 2019

Great ACL2019 Goals - Safawi Rasid

Of the 20 semi-finalists, Safawi Rasid's stunning effort against Shandong Luneng gained the fourth-highest number of votes after he provided debutants Johor Darul Ta'zim with a moment to remember.

The forward glides past Wu Xinghan into a shooting position and then sends a sumptuous strike into the top corner with a goal of genuine quality, but was it good enough to win Goal of the Decade?

Romarinho – Al Ittihad
vs Al Rayyan, May 7, 2019

One-touch football at its finest as Al Ittihad carve open the Al Rayyan defence with a string of four passes that culminates in Romarinho coolly dinking the ball over goalkeeper Fahad Younis.

The Jeddah side zigzag their way through opposition territory with gusto, Carlos Villanueva's delightful touch the key ingredient of a fine interchange play that got the finish it deserved from the Brazilian.

Mehdi Torabi – Persepolis
vs Al Sadd, May 20, 2019

Finally, Mehdi Torabi's wonder-strike from distance accumulated more than 70 percent of the votes in Semi-Final 2 as he joined teammate Khalilzadeh in the final with what was his first-ever goal in the AFC Champions League.

The Persepolis midfielder receives the ball 35 yards out and, unchallenged, lets fly with an unstoppable effort that flew into the back of the net. An incredible goal worthy of the acclaim, but is it the AFC Champions League's Goal of the Decade?

The poll has ended. Thank you for voting.

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