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Vote for your best 2020 AFC Champions League Team: Forwards


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 three weeks we have seen the goalkeeper and the back four decided with polling for the midfield maestros ongoing, it's time to turn our attention to the forwards and find out who you consider the top trio.

So, here are the nine players in contention for three places at the business end of the field. Review the candidates and then select your favourite for this all-star XI in the poll below.

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Ado Onaiwu - Yokohama F. Marinos, JPN

  • 5 goals scored
  • 35.7% shot conversion rate

Ado Onaiwu was a stand out performer for Yokohama F. Marinos in the 2020 edition. In six appearances and 381 minutes played, Onaiwu scored five goals, more than any other forward for the J League side. 

The 26-year-old had an impressive 35.7% shot conversion rate, finding the net against Sydney FC, Shanghai SIPG and coming on as a substitute to score against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.


A Lan - Beijing FC, CHN

  • 4 goals scored
  • 9 shots on target
  • 28.6% shot conversion rate

The Brazilian-born was a key figure for Beijing FC, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

A Lan made six appearances and scored twice as many goals as any other Beijing FC player, netting against Melbourne Victory, Chiangrai United, FC Seoul and FC Tokyo.


Abderrazak Hamdallah - Al Nassr, KSA

  • 7 goals,1 assist
  • 30 shots attempted (Best overall record)
  • 23.3% shot conversion rate.

2020 AFC Champions League - Top Scorer: Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al Nassr)

Even though Al Nassr did not win the title, Abderazak Hamdallah was certainly their brightest spark as he claimed the coveted Golden Boot award – netting seven goals and one assist.

With a 23.3% shot conversion rate, the Moroccon marksman - who guided Al Nassr to the West Zone semi-final where they were defeated by Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis FC - had more shots (30) on goal than any other player in the 2020 edition.


Trent Buhagiar - Sydney FC, AUS

  • 5 goals scored
  • 35.7% shot conversion rate

The Australian was a standout for Sydney FC throughout their 2020 campaign which ended in the group stage.

The 23-year-old hit the ground running in his maiden AFC Champions League appearance for the A-League side, as he struck five times to make him the club’s all-time scorer in the competition.


Baghdad Bounedjah - Al Sadd, QAT

  • 4 goals scored, 3 assists
  • 7 chances created

The 30-year-old Algerian scored four times for Al Sadd and even orchestrated three goals to help the Qatari club reach the last-16 of the competition.

Bounedjah made his mark on Matchday Three and Four in victories against Al Ain, netting three times against the Emiratis before scoring late to level the score against Al Nassr on Matchday Five.


Mehdi Abdi Qara - Persepolis, IRN

  • 3 goals scored
  • 3 shots on target
  • 37.5% shot conversion rate.

Mehdi Abdi Qara stepped up magnificently for Persepolis following the suspension of Isa Alkasir as the 22-year-old scored the equaliser against Al Nassr in the semi-final, with the Islamic Republic of Iran champions going on to win the penalty shoot-out..

Abdi Qara gave his side the lead in the final against Ulsan Hyundai FC and despite Persepolis eventually settling for the runners-up spot, the forward proved he is indeed a player for the future.


Yun Ju-tae - FC Seoul, KOR

  • 3 goals scored, 1 assist
  • 6 shots on target
  • 2 chances created

FC Seoul had their 2020 AFC Champions League campaign cut short, exiting the tournament in the Group Stage but despite that, Yun Ju-tae had no problem displaying his talent as the 30-year-old striker scored three goals from only six shots on target.

On top of that, Yun created two chances and assisted in one goal from the five matches played.


Bjørn Johnsen - Ulsan Hyundai, KOR

  • 5 goals scored, 1 assist
  • 8 chances created

Bjørn Johnsen was Ulsan Hyundai's super-sub, coming off the bench to score five goals - the first player to do so since the 2013 AFC Champions League.

Johnsen scored two braces, against Shanghai Shenhua in the Group Stage and against Melbourne Victory in the Round of 16. The 29-year-old Norwegian was also a provider for Ulsan, creating eight chances in the final third and assisting in one goal.


Júnior Negrão - Ulsan Hyundai, KOR

  • 7 goals scored, 1 assist
  • 15 shots on target (Best overall record)
  • 25.9% shot conversion rate

Ulsan Hyundai’s 2020 success was a team effort, but Júnior Negrão stood out as one of their star performers as his seven goals helped the Korean club clinch their second AFC Champions League title.

The Brazilian striker scored both goals in their 2-0 win over Beijing FC in the quarter-finals and in their 2-1 victory against Persepolis in the final and just missed out on the Golden Boot award.


Now you've read up on our 9 nominees for the forward 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. Thank you for voting.

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