FourFourTwo's Asia 50: Players 50-41

Here we go – this is the start of FourFourTwo's countdown of the 50 greatest players from Asia over the past 12 months.

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We kick things off with a former teenage prodigy, some defensive stalwarts and a seemingly ageless striker (and no it's not Tim Cahill).

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Players 50-46 written by Kenneth Ho


Genki Haraguchi has always been destined for the big time. Making his professional bow in the J-League at the tender age of 17, the versatile forward showed his ability to dictate play and slice defences open.


Earlier this season, his second in German football, he underlined his potential with a man-of-the-match performance against Ingolstadt, contributing a goal and an assist in Hertha's 2-1 victory

His displays caught the eye and Hertha Berlin came calling in 2014. Despite playing in the much more physically demanding Bundesliga, Haraguchi did not shy away from the challenge and rose to the occasion when required.

His first season resulted in 23 appearances and two goals, but this season he has flourished in an advanced role on the right.

His form is a huge reason why Hertha are currently challenging for a Champions League spot next season.

Relegated twice over the past six years, a mid-table finish would typically be seen as a success in the German capital.


How Kwak Tae-hwi ever made it as a professional footballer is anyone’s guess, but you have to give it to the defender for his tenacity.


Overcoming the loss of sight in one eye to make his debut as a professional footballer for FC Seoul in 2005

Despite being blinded in one eye after surgery in his high school days, Kwak pushed to realise his dreams of playing football as a career.

After spending several years in his homeland, a move abroad came when Al Shabab courted his services in 2013.

Kwak would move to Al-Hilal in the same year and he has helped the club to two consecutive Saudi league titles.

He is recognised for his aerial prowess and is considered a genuine threat during set-pieces.