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

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2. Aaron Mooy

In a recent interview, Mooy admitted he thought his chances of getting back to Europe while he was playing in Australia’s A-League may have gone. Turns out he was dead wrong.

Commencing his career with Bolton’s youth team as a teenager, the midfielder found some success with St Mirren in Scotland before joining Western Sydney Wanderers and then Melbourne City back on home soil.

But his form was that strong he was signed by Melbourne’s parent club Manchester City and then loaned to Huddersfield Town, where his career has soared to a whole new level.

A crucial part of the Huddersfield line-up, the 27-year-old has played a key role in their bid to stay up in their first season in the top flight and also helped Australia qualify for a fourth straight World Cup finals. – James Dampney

1. Son Heung-min

From bit-part player to a top-class talent, the 2017/18 season has marked the complete transformation of Son Heung-min. The former Bayer Leverkusen man has become a key weapon in Spurs' arsenal, an attacking talent who dovetails seamlessly with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

After a breakout 2016/17 campaign, Son has built on that form this season, scoring 12 times at the time of writing, needing just two more to match his output from last year’s campaign.

A relentless bundle of energy on the pitch, Son boasts standout dribbling abilities and knows how to find the back of the net - attributes which means he will continue to be part of the London side for seasons to come.

Son's importance is best underlined by the fact he has featured in all but one of Tottenham’s games this season. He is also the first player to finish on top of our Asia 50 twice following his triumph in the inaugural list back in 2015. – Matthew Mohan