Khalilzadeh voted best goal of AFC Champions League 2019
Kuala Lumpur: After nearly four million votes, the best goal of the 2019 AFC Champions League has been decided with Shojae Khalilzadeh's incredible scissor kick for Persepolis against Al Ahli named the winning effort following the public poll on the-AFC.com.
Ten fantastic goals were nominated that spanned the Continent from Uzbekistan to Urawa, but it was Persepolis' defender Khalilzadeh whose amazing acrobatics that captured the attention and favour of Asia's football fans.
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Johor Darul Ta'zim forward Safawi Rasid ran Khalilzadeh close but ultimately finished in second with Al Ittihad's Romarinho in third.
Khalilzadeh spoke exclusively to The-AFC.com after the poll concluded.
"It was easily the best goal of my career because I scored it for the best club in the world, Persepolis," he said.
"I would like to thank all the fans who voted for me to win. It means a lot to me for my goal to be voted best in the 2019 AFC Champions League and to be recognized by the AFC. Once again, I would like to thank the fans for all their support and love."
While the 30-year-old and his teammates were eliminated at the Group Stage in this year's competition, Iran 2018-19 league champions will have a chance to go again as they enter the draw on Tuesday for the 2020 edition.
Check out everything you need to know about the 2020 Draw HERE
And check out the other nine nominees below!
PFC Lokomotiv vs Al Wahda, Matchday One
The Tashkent side claimed a 2-0 opening-day victory over Al Wahda, and Islam Tukhtakhujaev put the icing on the cake with an inch-perfect free-kick.
Al Ittihad vs Al Rayyan, Matchday One
The group stage began well for Al Rayyan when Gonzalo Viera opened the scoring with this stunner, before Al Ittihad stormed back to win 5-1.
Kashima Antlers vs Johor Darul Ta'zim, Matchday One
The defending champions got off to a winning start as Brazilian Serginho continued his goalscoring form by curling a beauty into the top corner in a 2-1 victory.
Shandong Luneng vs Johor Darul Ta'zim, Matchday Three
Debutants JDT gave a good account of themselves and their star man Safawi Rasid showed what he was capable of in a narrow 2-1 defeat in China PR.
Pakhtakor vs Al Sadd, Matchday Three
Pakhtakor made their return to the competition and Khojiakbar Alijonov delighted their fans with this unstoppable strike in a 2-2 draw against Al Sadd.
Daegu FC vs Melbourne Victory, Matchday Five
Daegu FC were a welcome addition to the 2019 competition, with Kim Dae-won's goal in a 4-0 win over Melbourne one of many highlights.
Al Rayyan vs Al Ittihad, Matchday Five
One-touch build-up play and a cheeky dink over the 'keeper sees Romarinho entered into the Top 10 with a superb team goal in a 2-0 win at Al Rayyan.
Al Hilal vs Al Duhail, Matchday Six
He only played 28 minutes of Al Duhail's campaign but Khalid Muneer made his mark with a fabulous equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Al Hilal.
Urawa Red Diamonds vs Guangzhou Evergrande, Semi-final, First Leg
Brazilian Fabricio opened his AFC Champions League account in style to put Urawa a goal up in a 2-0 victory over Guangzhou in the first leg of the semi-finals.
Thanks to the millions of fans of Asian football for voting, see you again at AFC Champions League 2020!
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