Kuala Lumpur: As the-AFC.com continues to look back at the stars from recent AFC Champions League campaigns, there is another glittering cast on offer this week as we shine the spotlight on the best midfielders from the 2018 tournament.
After selecting the 2018 competition's best goalkeeper and the four men to take their place in the backline, this week we move on to the more attacking positions by turning our attention towards the midfield positions and highlighting 10 standout performers.
A tournament that saw Barcelona legend Xavi finally make his AFC Champions League debut had no shortage of creative flair, so review the nominees and don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!
When legends return: Eight favourite sons who came home and conquered
Kuala Lumpur: The return of the prodigal son. It is a footballing plot point nearly as old as the game itself, with the reappearance of a long-departed local hero possessing a special ability to stir the passions of even the most jaded of fans.
Asia has had no shortage of these storylines, with a range of pioneering football exports and national team icons going back to where it all started to cap off their careers.
To coincide with FC Seoul’s signing of former Korea Republic captain Ki Sung-yueng, the-AFC.com looks at eight local heroes who returned, and thrived, after years abroad.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com looks back at some of the finest goals the AFC Cup has witnessed over the years, with the latest '5 of the Best' taking in chips, lobs and scoops.
Peerless Persepolis seal fourth consecutive Iran Pro League title
Masjed Soleyman: Persepolis FC are the champions of Islamic Republic of Iran for the fourth successive season, sealing the Pro League title with four matches remaining after winning away at Naft Masjed Soleyman on Friday.
Yahya Golmohammadi’s side prevailed 2-1 in the match at Behnam Mohammadi Stadium.
Needing a single point on the night to close out the title race, Ali Alipour and Mehdi Abdi Qara scored either side of half-time to put Persepolis in a commanding position, with Hossein Ebrahimi’s 71st minute penalty serving as consolation for the hosts.
ASEAN Wrap: Sydney FC's milestone; Chanathip wins battle of J1 Thais
Kuala Lumpur: A-League leaders Sydney FC were crowned A-League Premiers for a record fourth time after Wellington Phoenix drew with Adelaide United on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Thai stars Chanathip Songkrasin of Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Yokohama F. Marinos' Theerathon Bunmathan faced off in the J1 League, while there was plenty of domestic action to enjoy in Vietnam and Cambodia.
There were some big results too in the Laos championship, so join the-AFC.com as we look back at the best of the action from ASEAN.
East Asia Wrap: Defending champions Guangzhou win 2020 CSL opener
Kuala Lumpur: Wei Shihao bagged a brace as Guangzhou Evergrande got their 2020 Chinese Super League campaign off to a winning start following a 2-0 victory over Shanghai Shenhua in Dalian on Saturday.
In Japan, Kawasaki Frontale continue to set the pace after a sixth win on the bounce since the J.League resumed while the top two in Korea Republic recorded victories and are beginning to pull away from the chasing pack.
Elsewhere, just two points separate the top three after the latest round of fixtures in Chinese Taipei and the Mongolian Premier League is beginning to take shape, so join the-AFC.com as we review the best of the action from East Asia.