Japanese soccer player Shinji Kagawa, who plays for Manchester Utd. and the national team, was named the Asian Football Confederation’s inaugural international player of the year last month.
Kagawa won over his Japan teammate Yuto Nagatomo, who plays for Internazionale Milano, and Mark Schwarzer, the goalkeeper of the Australian national team and of English Premier League club Fulham, Kyodo reported.
Shinji Kagawa moved to Manchester United this summer, from German side Borussia Dortmund, for a fee reported to be worth £12 million, but which could reach £17 million depending on future performance.
On the other hand, female player Aya Miyama, captain of Japan’s national team, has defended her title as the top Asian women’s footballer. She was chosen over her team colleague Homare Sawa.
Women’s national team won the bronze medal this year at the Olympic Games in London, while men’s team finished fourth in their respective tournament.