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Top 5 Greatest Asian Players Of All Time (Photos)

5. Ali Daei

Ali Daei is a 52-year-old Iranian retired professional footballer, coach and businessman.

A striker, he was captain of the Iranian national team between 2000 and 2006 and played in the German Bundesliga for Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin.

Considered as one of the greatest Asian players of all time, Daei was the world's top international goalscorer with 109 goals, until his record was broken by Cristiano Ronaldo this year.

Following his retirement from football, Daei served as a member of the FIFA Football Committee between 2007 and 2013. Seven years ago, he was inducted into the Asian Football Hall of Fame.

4. Ahmed Radhi

Ahmed Radhi Humaiesh Al-Salehi was an Iraqi professional footballer who played as a forward for Al-Zawraa and the Iraq national team.

Regarded as one of Iraq and Asia's greatest players of all time, Radhi scored the only Iraqi winning goal in the 1986 FIFA World Cup final match against Belgium. He was voted the 1988 Asian Footballer of the Year.

He died in Baghdad, Iraq last year at the age of 56.

3. Kim Joo-sung

Kim Joo-sung is a 55-year-old retired South Korean footballer.

Kim is regarded as one of the greatest Asian footballers of the 20th century. He was nominated for IFFHS Asia's Player of the Century, finishing second place.

Before his retirement from football, he played for the South Korean clubs, Chosun University and Daewoo Royals, and later in the German Bundesliga for VfL Bochum.

2. Cha Bum-kun

Cha Bum-kun is a 68-year-old South Korean former professional footballer.

He is widely considered as one of the greatest Asian football players of all time by experts, including IFFHS and ESPN.

Fifty nine years ago, Cha had been capped by the South Korean national team as the youngest player in history called up to the squad. He is the all-time leading goal scorer for the South Korean national team with 58 goals, and won the 1978 Asian Games. He is also the youngest player to ever reach 100 caps in the world at 24 years and 139 days. After developing into the top player in his country, he left for West Germany, and played for Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen. He scored 121 goals in two Bundesliga clubs, and won the UEFA Cup with each team.

1. Mohamed Al-Deayea

Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea is a 49-year-old retired Saudi Arabian professional soccer player who last played for Al-Hilal and the Saudi Arabia national team as a football goalkeeper.

Widely regarded as the greatest Asian footballers of all time, Mohammed took part in four FIFA World Cups for the Saudi Arabia national team and earned a total of 173 officially recognized caps, the highest record for a goalkeeper. He was also voted the first best Goalkeeper of the Century from Asia award ahead of Nasser Hejazi in second and In-Young Choi in third place respectively.

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