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Vote for your best AFC Champions League 2020 (West) Team: Forwards


Kuala Lumpur: The 2020 AFC Champions League (West) boasted an array of fine attacking talent with some world-class performers gracing Asia's most prestigious club competition.

Over the past three weeks, fans of Asian football have decided their top goalkeeper, the best defence and the playmakers in midfield, so now it's time to turn our attention to the all-important forward positions in order to find a front trio to complete the Best XI.

Using match data from the tournament, we've selected seven standout performers who completed the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) to present a star-studded cast. All you need to do is review the nominees and vote for your favourite in the poll below.

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Abderrazak HamdallahAl Nassr

  • 7 goals scored (#1 by a forward)
  • 30 shots on goal and 12 shots on target (both #1 by a forward)
  • 33 dribbles attempted (#1 by a forward)

Abderrazak Hamdallah was in superlative goalscoring form, netting a tournament-leading seven goals as Saudi giants Al Nassr reached the semi-finals for the first time and came within a penalty shootout from advancing to the final. Indeed, the Moroccan striker scored in each of his first five games and in six of the seven he appeared in.

It took the 29-year-old just seven minutes to open his account against Al Sadd back in February and there were also winners against Al Ain, Sepahan and Al Taawoun along the way. A cheeky dinked penalty in the semi-final put his side one up against Persepolis but ultimately they fell just short.


Baghdad BounedjahAl Sadd

  • 4 goals scored (#2 by a forward)
  • 3 assists (#1 by a forward)
  • 11 shots on target (#2 by a forward)

The 2018 AFC Champions League top scorer Baghdad Bounedjah has been a regular feature on the goalscoring charts in recent years and the Algerian added a further four to his tally in the 2020 campaign, while he also weighed in with three assists to mean he was directly involved in seven of Al Sadd's 14 goals.

Bounedjah began the tournament's resumption in Qatar in form that mirrored his prolific 2018 best, netting four times in the first three games to secure the Doha team's place in the knockout rounds. However, it was against familiar foes Persepolis in the last 16 that the dream ended again as the 28-year-old drew a blank and Al Sadd exited.


WellitonSharjah

  • 3 goals scored
  • 6 chances created
  • 71.4% shooting accuracy (#1 for a forward)

Brazilian frontman Welliton made his return to Sharjah just ahead of the AFC Champions League's resumption and his form helped give the Emirati side a fighting chance of reaching the Round of 16. Most notable was an incredible 12-minute hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Al Taawoun on Matchday Five.

The former Spartak Moscow player scored his three goals from just five shots on target while his shooting accuracy of 71.4 percent was the best in the West. Welliton also showed his creative spark, teeing up six chances for his teammates and proving a constant menace to opposition defences.


Almoez AliAl Duhail

  • 3 goals scored
  • 2 assists
  • Involved in 71.4% of his team's goals (#1 by a forward)

While Al Duhail disappointed in falling at the group stage, their captain Almoez Ali again showed why he is so highly rated with the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 top scorer finding the back of the net three times, assisting another two goals and being involved in all but two of his side's goals.

Like Bounedjah, Ali hit the ground running in Doha as he scored in all three of Al Duhail's first three games, including the opener against Sharjah and a winning goal from the spot against Persepolis as the speedy forward shone on the Continental stage once more.


Igor SergeevPakhtakor

  • 2 goals scored
  • 2 chances created
  • 66.7% shooting accuracy (#2 by a forward)

Uzbek international Igor Sergeev has spent the majority of his career with Pakhtakor, appearing in the AFC Champions League on numerous occasions; however, the 2020 campaign was the first time he had been part of a team that reached the knockout rounds – and he more than played his part along the way.

The Tashkent native's most notable moment came back in February on Matchday Two when he scored his side's opening two goals in a 3-0 victory over Iranian team Shahr Khodro. Sergeev, who appeared in all six of Pakhtakor's matches, boasted the second best shooting accuracy in the West and also created a further two chances for his teammates.


Pedro CondeShabab Al Ahli Dubai

  • 2 goals scored
  • 66.7% conversion rate (#1 by a forward)
  • 8 touches in opposition box

Spanish striker Pedro Conde arrived at Shabab Al Ahli Dubai ahead of the 2020 campaign and marked his Continental debut with a goal in the 2-1 defeat to Pakhtakor in Uzbekistan. It was in Doha against Shahr Khodro, meanwhile, that he ultimately assured his side of a place in the knockout rounds.

Coming on as a 79th-minute substitute, Conde latched on to a lofted through-ball just four minutes later and emphatically finished into the back of the net to seal a 1-0 victory for the Emiratis and a place in the Round of 16, where they ultimately exited on penalties to Al Ahli Saudi after a 1-1 draw.


Amir Arsalan MotahariEsteghlal

  • 2 goals scored
  • 11 touches in opposition box
  • 50% conversion rate

Part of an exciting Esteghlal frontline, Amir Arsalan Motahari joined the Tehran giants from Zobahan in early 2020 and scored on his second AFC Champions League appearance for them – a 2-1 loss to Al Ahli Saudi in February – before making a crucial contribution in Doha.

With his side a goal down against Iraq's Al Shorta, substitute Motahari pounced on a loose ball to level the scores and secure a 1-1 draw. That result left qualification in the Iranian side's hands as they went on to claim a 3-0 win over Al Ahli to progress to the next round at Al Shorta's expense.

The poll has ended. The Best XI chosen by fans and the Best XI based on the 2020 statistics will be announced on Sunday. Thank you for voting.

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