Asia 50, 2018: A host of European-based superstars round out our Top 10

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8. Omar Khribin

Khribin has had a stellar 2017 for club and country and is considered among the hottest properties in the Middle East.

He moved to Al-Hilal in the Saudi Professional League began at the start of 2017 season with a price tag of around USD11.5 million and it has been a rewarding one thus far as he set the continent alight.

Khribin, part of the Syrian side that fell just short of the 2018 World Cup, was picked as the 2017 AFC Asian Player of the Year ahead of United Arab Emirates' Omar Abdulrahman and Wu Lei of China.

The 24-year-old forward finished as the top-scorer in the 2017 AFC Champions League with 10 goals – including five against Iranian side Persepolis over two legs in the last four – as Al-Hilal finished runners-up in the competition. – Vijhay Vick

7. Mathew Leckie

The Australian winger added goals to his armoury in 2017 after going 2,178 minutes without finding the back of the net in the Bundesliga with former club Ingolstadt.

Having first caught the attention of many at the 2014 World Cup, Leckie spent three seasons with struggling Ingolstadt – going up and down the top two divisions in Germany – before earning a move to Hertha Berlin.

A regular in the starting line-up at Hertha, Leckie made a good first impression, scoring a brace on his debut for the club as they defeated Stuttgart 2-0 at the start of the 2017/18 campaign.

He also scored three goals for the Socceroos in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers – as many as he had managed since first representing Australia back in 2012. – Vijhay Vick