November 02, 2023 10:46
Kim Min-jae of Bayern Munich has been named the top Asian football player by the Asian Football Confederation.
Kim won the AFC International Player of the Year award at the annual awards ceremony in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday.
The award is given to the Asian player who has the best performance outside Asia in a calendar year.
Kim is the second Korean player to receive the honor after three-time winner Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur, who claimed it in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
The awards were not handed out in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim, who led Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli to victory in the 2022-23 Serie A season, was recognized as the top defender in the Italian league before moving to the renowned Bayern Munich ahead of this season.
At this year's Ballon d'Or rankings published Tuesday, Kim ranked 22nd as the only Asian player. Lionel Messi of Argentina won the top honor for the eighth time.
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