Just a few years ago, European clubs used to overlook the Asian footballers. Europeans criticized them due to their shorter sizes, lack of physical strength as well as for inadequate skills. But time has changed so many things. Introduction of the likes of Park Ji Sung, Shunsuke Nakamura changed the concept about the Asian soccer players. Those mentioned legends made a great impact to change the fancies about the footballers from the biggest continent of the world. South Korean legend Park Ji Sung went onto win the English Premier League with Man Utd. He also became the first-ever Asian to play in the UCL final. Now, we are talking about the top 10 highest paid Asian football players in the World.
However, lots of Asian footballers are playing in the various European leagues nowadays. There are plenty of Asians featuring in the EPL, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie-A as well as in the La Liga. They are performing well and also helping their clubs to lift the trophies as well. In addition to this, they are receiving huge amount of money every week. Thus the Asian soccer players are getting richer and richer day by day. In this article, we will reveal you the list of top 10 highest paid Asian football players in the World.
# Top 10 Highest Paid Asian Football Players List:
|Ranking||Player’s Name||Club||Country||Weekly Wage Fee|
|1st||Son Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||South Korea||140,000 GBP|
|2nd||Shinji Kagawa||Borussia Dortmund||Japan||130,000 GBP|
|3rd||Shinji Okazaki||Leicester City||Japan||75,000 GBP|
|4th||Maya Yoshida||Southampton||Japan||70,000 GBP|
|5th||Yuto Nagatomo||Galatasaray||Japan||65,000 GBP|
|6th||Massimo Luongo||Queens Park Rangers||Australia||65,000 GBP|
|7th||Lee Chung Yong||Vfl Bochum||South Korea||60,000 GBP|
|8th||Ki Sung Yeung||Newcastle United||South Korea||55,000 GBP|
|9th||Ji Dong Won||FSV Mainz||South Korea||50,000 GBP|
|10th||Yuya Osako||Werder Bremen||Japan||50,000 GBP|
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# Now Let’s Discuss Broadly About The Top 5 Highest Paid Asian Football Players:
5) Yuto Nagatomo:
The Japanese full-back occupies the 5th position. He earns 65 k GBP per week. He came under the limelight during his time at the Inter Milan. The defender also managed to score 9 goals for the Serie-A side. Then he went to Turkish club Galatasaray in a loan move. However, he joined them permanently in the very same year.
4) Maya Yoshida:
Another Japanese defender to make his place into the top 5. This highly known centre back showed his solidity in the heart of the Southampton defence and occupies the 4th place in the list. He earns £70 k per week in the Hampshire based club. He is one of the most crucial players for the Saints.
3) Shinji Okazaki:
Another Japan international in the chart. The star striker stands on the 3rd place. However, he plays as the number nine for Leicester City. Moreover, he is one of the very few Asian footballers to win the English Premier League title. He won it with the Foxes in the 2015-16 season under Claudio Ranieri. The forward gains 75 thousand GBP per week.
2) Shinji Kagawa:
Surprisingly another Japanese makes into the list. But you would have expected this name surely. He used to be the highest-paid Asian footballer but somehow sits on the 2nd place now. The attacking midfielder scored his first-ever hat-trick during his time at the Old Trafford. In addition to this, he is the first-ever Japanese to win the Premier League title. Now he plays for the German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund as an attacking midfielder. He is a very crucial player for the Signal Iduna Park-based club.
1) Son Heung Min:
Who else but this guy to top the list. The South Korean sensation is the highest-paid Asian footballer in the world right now. He was in the 2nd place behind Kagawa but has crossed his Japanese counterpart with an enormous weekly salary of £140 k. He featured in the UCL final last season and is one of the main attackers for the Spurs.