Kagawa wins inaugural AFC Player of the Year award
Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa won the inaugural Asian Football Confederation (AFC) International Player of the Year award on Thursday.
Kagawa produced a number of impressive displays earlier in the year as Borussia Dortmund claimed the Bundesliga title before he moved to England where he has had a low-key start and struggled with injury.
South Korean winger Lee Keun-ho collected the long-standing AFC Player of the Year award after his strong displays and goal scoring helped Ulsan Hyundai to win the AFC Champions League this month.
Lee edged out Iranian midfielder Ali Karimi and Chinese defender Zheng Zhi to become the first Korean to win the award for players competing in Asia.