Vote For Your Best 2021 AFC Champions League Team: Forwards
Kuala Lumpur: The goalkeeper, four defenders and three midfielders have been decided and now the-AFC.com asks fans of Asian football to vote for their favourite forwards at the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Using a statistics-based approach, we’ve selected 10 of the star performers from the continental competition as we look to complete the All-Star XI.
Review our list of AFC Champions League frontmen and don’t forget to vote for your favourite at the foot of the article.
Makino the hero as Urawa Reds clinch Emperor's Cup
Tokyo: Tomoaki Makino bid farewell in style as his goal in added time secured Urawa Reds a thrilling 2-1 win over Oita Trinita in the 2021 Emperor's Cup final on Sunday.
Makino, who announced his departure from the club last month, struck the winner in the dying seconds having been sent on as a substitute in the 83rd minute.
The victory secures Urawa - who won the Emperor's Cup for a fourth time in the J-League era - a berth in the 2022 AFC Champions League, having won the title in 2017 and emerging runners-up two years later.
Sanchez and Qatar look ahead after FIFA Arab Cup adventure
Doha: Having concluded a busy year by emerging third in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, Qatar are now looking forward to the remaining months ahead of the FIFA World Cup on home soil in less than a year.
Goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham’s heroics clinched the reigning AFC Asian Cup champions a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Egypt at Stadium 974 on Saturday to help Qatar forget their semi-final heartbreak against eventual champions Algeria.
Tashkent: Uzbekistan midfielder Odil Ahmedov lowered the curtain on his glittering professional career, announcing his retirement at an event in Tashkent on Saturday.
One of Asia’s premier central midfielders throughout the 2010s, Ahmedov’s career included over 100 international caps and successful spells in his homeland, as well as the top leagues of Russia and China PR.
Having called time on his national team career earlier this year, the 34-year-old’s full retirement from competitive football comes days after his departure from Chinese Super League outfit Cangzhou Mighty Lions was confirmed.