After the European and the USA, Asian Football players are dominating all around the world at the present time. In Premier league big football clubs target football players from Japan, Korea, China, and Other Asian countries for winning different Cup. For their extraordinary performances, vision, techniques, they get paid handsomely too. League base highest paid Asian football players list and details.
Top 10 Highest Paid Asian Football Players
Through the years, Asian player like Japan, South Korea, and China have become an exceptional team in the world of Football. During the past, Lot of Asian footballers have achieved popularity in European leagues like EPL, Serie A, Bundesliga, and La Liga. As we know Asian players are now major figures in European football. Here you will find out details about the top 10 highest paid Asian football players in the world.
1. Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa is a Japanese professional football player who was born on 17 March 1989. He plays as a midfielder for Turkish club Besiktas, on loan from German club Borussia Dortmund and the Japan national team.
In 2010, he joined Borussia Dortmund but his professional career began in his homeland Cerezo Osaka in the early age. He is known to all for his exceptional vision, technique, movement, and deft passing.
2008 he passes traffic year of his career and scored over 30 goals. Kagawa was named Asian Football Confederation International Player of the Year in November 2012. Kagawa earning almost (£130,000) weekly wage. This huge amount made him the highest paid Asian footballer players in 2018.
2. Son Heung-min
SON Heung-min was born on 8 July 1992 who is a South Korean professional football player. He plays as a winger or a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the South Korea national team.
He moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a club record €10 million and played for the club in the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League in 2013. He signed for Tottenham for £22 million two years later and, becoming the most expensive Asian player in history.
He became the top Asian goalscorer in Premier League history at Tottenham. During 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, he has represented South Korea. Heung-min weekly-paid (£80,000) salary which brings his name among the top paid Asian sports personalities.
3. Shinji Okazaki
Shinji Okazaki is a Japanese football player who was born on 16 April 1986. He plays for Leicester City and the Japan national team as a forward or attacking midfielder.
He is currently known as the top active Japan national team goals scorer and third all-time in team history with 50 goals. In 2016, he won the Premier League with Leicester. Shinji Okazaki weekly-paid (£75,000).
4. Maya Yoshida
Japanese footballer Maya Yoshida was born on 24 August 1988. He plays as a center back for Premier League club Southampton and the Japan national team. Yoshida is played captain role of Japanese national football team.
In April 2008, Yoshida earned a call-up for Japan’s U-23 team as well as he became a member of the Japan team for the 2008 Summer Olympic finals. He participated in Japan’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign and in Brazil, he also participated in all of Japan’s group stage games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He was selected for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup as a member of the Japanese team and scored the final goal in a 4-0 win against debutant Palestine. Yoshida was selected in the 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 31 May 2018. Maya Yoshida weekly wage is around £ 70,000.
5. Yuto Nagatomo
Yuto Nagatomo is a Japanese football player who was born on 12 September 1986. He plays as a left- back for Turkish club Galatasaray. In 2011, Nagatomo was selected as part of the Japan squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup by Coach Alberto Zaccheroni.
Besides in 2014, Nagatomo was part of Japan’s national squad to play in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. And finally, Nagatomo joined Turkish club Galatasaray on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season on 31 January 2018.
The deal was made permanent on 30 June 2018 and selected for 2018 World cup. Yuto Nagatomo weekly wage is around £65,000.
6. Massimo Luongo
Australian professional football player Massimo Corey Luongo was born on 25 September 1992 in Sydney. He plays as a midfielder for Championship club Queens Park Rangers and the Australian national team.
He started his professional career with playing youth football for APIA Leichhardt Tigers. In 2015, he joined current club Queens Park Rangers. During 2014, Luongo has played for the Australia national team and has made 34 appearances.
In 2014 FIFA World Cup Luongo was a member of the squad and it is said that he played a central role in Australia winning the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, where he scored in the final and was named player of the tournament. He was named in Australia’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in May 2018. Massimo Luongo weekly wage is around £65,000.
7. Lee Chung-young
“Blue Dragon” is the nicknamed of Lee Chung-young. If the title (Blue Dragon) is literally translated, then we get his name “Chung-young”. Lee Chung-young is a professional South Korean football player who was born on 2 July 1988. He plays as a winger for 2 German Bundesliga club and also teams of South Korean international.
When he was at the age of 18, he played for the South Korean side FC Seoul in the 2006 season of K League. Generally, Lee has gathered much attention from domestic football fans of South Korea. Where new players mostly make their entrance into professional clubs through a draft system, dropping out of middle school to sign a contract with a top division football club was a very rare case in South Korean football.
The Times named Lee as one of the top 50 rising stars in football in January 2009. Lee was selected in South Korea’s squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. He sustained a hairline fracture of the right tibia and was unable to participate in the remainder of the tournament, during the team’s first match against Oman. In 2018, Lee was included in South Korea’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup but did not make the final selection. Lee Chung-young weekly wage is around £60,000.
8. Ki Sung-yueng
Extraordinary vision, technique, long-range passing and shooting, along with good set-pieces Ki Sung- yueng is a popular name in the world football history. Ki Sung-yueng is a South Korean professional football player who was born on 24 January 1989.
He plays as a central midfielder for Newcastle United and the South Korea national team. In 2007, he has been a full international for South Korea, gaining over 100 caps. With finishing as a runner- up in the latter tournament, Ki was selected in their squads for three World Cups and the 2011 and 2015 AFC Asian Cups. In 2012, he has also played at two Olympic Games with his country, winning bronze in 2012. Ki was voted as Swansea City Player of the Year as he scored eight goals in 33 appearances on 20 May 2015.
In 2018, Ki captained for South Korea in the 2018 World Cup and played the first two matches before missing the last group stage match against Germany due to a left calf injury suffered against Mexico. In the 2019 Asian Cup, Ki retired from international duties after his country’s game against the Philippines. With wonderful acquired, South Korea won the match 1-0, though Ki was substituted after suffering a hamstring injury mid-game. Ki Sung Yeung weekly wage is around £60,000.
9. Ji Dong-won
Ji Dong-won is a South Korean footballer who was born on 28 May 1991. He plays as a winger for FC Augsburg and the South Korean national team. Ji grew up in Chuja Island which situated a small island northwest of Jeju Island. In 2010, Ji graduated from Gwangyang Jaechul High School.
Dong-won appeared the season well when he was a given a handful of the first-team opportunity for the side. Although he also found himself competing in the attacking midfield position with Takashi Usami, Caiuby and Jonathan Schmid in the 2016–17 season.
After 2014, Ji signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with FC Augsburg, until 30 June 2018. A Ji Dong-won weekly wage is around £55,000.” Ji married Kang Ji-eun, an older sister of Kang Ji-young, a former member of K-pop girl group Kara in June 2017.
10. Yuya Osako
Japanese football player Yuya Osaka was born on 18 May 1990 who plays for Werder Bremen as a forward. Osako joined German side TSV 1860 Munich for the second half of the 2014–2015 season on 6 January 2014.
He completed the season with 6 goals in 15 appearances. He was named in Japan’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in May 2018. Yoya Osako made the second goal for Japan by traffic header, thus helping Japan become the first Asian team to beat a South American team Colombia of the 1st match in the World Cup history.
In 2019, he also appeared for Japan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup hosted by the United Arab Emirates. In this season, he scored four goals to help them reach the final, where they eventually lost to Qatar, 1–3. Yuya Osako weekly wage is around £50,000.