The top 10 best strikers in the ASEAN Championship history

After weeks of discussion, FourFourTwo has come up with its list of the top ten strikers in the history of the Tiger/AFF Suzuki Cup.

Teerasil Dangda (Thailand)

Opened his tournament account –which now sits on 15 goals-- back in 2008 and even netted in the second leg of the final but watched helplessly as Le Cong Vinh popped up with the decisive goal then.

Teerasil then helped banish such memories by scoring in both legs of the 2012 semi-final against Malaysia but, once again, lost in the final.

Would surely have helped his team during their 2014 triumph had he not been in Spain with Almeria but quickly made up for it in 2016 with a hat-trick against finalists Indonesia in the opening game. Two goals in the semi-finals and one in the first leg against Indonesia helped the champs go all the way.

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Le Cong Vinh (Vietnam)

Vietnam's number one striker deserves the same regional ranking according to many. The 31 year-old looked like he could end the 2016 tournament by overtaking Noh Alam Shah as the top goalscorer in the competition's history but Vietnam's semi-final elimination put paid to that. His leading of the line however was another reminder, not that one was needed, of his all-round capabilities.

LCV scored the first of his 15 goals in the tournament way back in 2004 but saved his best, a header, for the second leg of the final in 2008. It was a goal that sent an entire country wild. It ensured his place in history.

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Photo: VFF

Worrawoot Srimaka (Thailand)

His hat-trick in the final of the 2000 against Indonesia not only gave Thailand the trophy, but ensured the Songkhla striker a place in the tournament's history books.

If that was the limit of his achievements, it would be impressive enough but there was plenty more where that came from from the big man who was dominant in the air but agile on the ground.

Worrawoot scored his 15 goals consistently over four tournaments, from 1996 to 2002 when he netted at vital times as Thailand established their early domination. Teerasil has taken up a fine legacy.

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Photo: FA Thai

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