Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Champions League final, that kicks off on saturday in Riyadh, will be a platform for the two best club sides in Asia to do battle in the Continent's premier showpiece event.
The players from Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia will have the chance to emboss their name on the proud history of the AFC Champions League, joining a list of legends who wowed the Continent.
Ahead of the first leg clash at King Saud University Stadium, we look back at five of those who seized their moment in the spotlight and ensured they would become AFC Champions League Final icons.
2017 Final Flashback: Al Hilal vs Urawa Reds Diamonds
Kuala Lumpur: When Al Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds meet in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League final in Riyadh on Saturday, it marks the second time in three years that the sides have faced off in the showpiece event.
As the clock ticks down towards the highly anticipated re-match, the-AFC.com looks back at the 2017 clash, which saw the two teams competing in the final for the second time.
Saitama: The second leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League final is now just a day away, with hosts Urawa Red Diamonds needing to overhaul a 1-0 deficit against Al Hilal if they are to lift the title for an unprecedented third time.
In 16 previous finals, history shows that the team that loses the first leg tends not to be crowned champions. Only Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad have managed the feat and that was back in 2004.
That does not, however, mean there haven’t been some classic encounters over the years and the-AFC.com has picked out five to whet your appetite ahead of Sunday’s game at Saitama Stadium.
Kuala Lumpur: With Marko Arnautovic the latest big name to join the AFC Champions League after Monday's signing with quarter-finalists Shanghai SIPG, we take a look at five other big summer acquisitions who led their team to Continental glory.
The Austrian forward will be tasked helping fire the Chinese Super League side to their first AFC Champions League title and, if he can do so, he would join a list of players who have gone on to lift the coveted trophy.