• Tue / 18 December 2018 / 16:25
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Jahanbakhsh, Beiranvand nominated for Best Footballer in Asia 2018

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Tehran (ISNA) – Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Alireza Beiranvand from Iran are among the nominees for the Best Footballer of Asia Award in 2018.

The 24-man shortlist for the Best Footballer in Asia 2018 shortlisted by China’s Titan Sports.

Alireza Beiranvand was a standout in Russia. The goalkeeper starred as Iran came close to getting out of a tough group containing Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The Team Melli No. 1 also played a major part in Persepolis reaching the final of the Champions League for the first time since the tournament started in 2003. It’s not everyday you deny Cristiano Ronaldo from the spot.

Compatriot Alireza Jahanbakhsh did not quite have the World Cup that was expected, but – in the first place – it was his brilliant performances for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie that lifted those expectations to stratospheric levels as he ended the 2017-18 season as the league’s top scorer – an amazing achievement especially considering he plays primarily as a winger.

First launched in 2013, the award is one of the most important events of the year for Asian footballers, according to FOXSports.

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