In a Premier League match last night, Tottenham Hotspur beat Leicester City 3-1, and Son Heung-min scored twice in the game. In particular, his second goal, which he arced with his left foot outside the penalty area, showed off world-class shooting.
In addition to two goals, Son also assisted Kane's header in the 22nd minute from a corner, which was Son's seventh assist of the season, his 46th in the Premier League and his 54th in the big five leagues. With this assist, Son overtook Madavija to become the Asian player with the most assists in the history of the five major leagues.
Below, this article will give you a combing of the history of the five major leagues, who are the top ten Asian players who assist (the assist data in this article are unified for the OPTA standard).
9 Takashi Kan, Hashmiyan, Makoto Hasebe (20 assists)
With 3 players tied for 9th, there are a total of 11 players in this list.
Wahid Hashmian is one of the best centre-forwards in Iran's history, starting in the 2006 Fifa World Cup in the No. 9 shirt of the Iranian national team and playing all three group games. Hashmiyan, who is highly capable of bouncing and scrambling, also earned the nickname "Helicopter", scoring 16 goals and providing five assists for Bochum in the Bundesliga in 2003-04, and then Bayern bought it for 2 million euros, but he did not have much chance to perform at Bayern. In 207 games in the Bundesliga, Hashmione delivered a total of 20 assists and scored 38 goals (the fifth scorer in Asian history in the five major leagues). Today, Hashmian is an assistant coach for Iran International.
Japanese player Takashi Kan is a delicate left winger who has shown great adaptability in the 2011-12 Bundesliga side Bochum, scoring seven goals and assisting five times throughout the season. Frankfurt bought it for 1.45 million euros in the summer of 2012, and the Bundesliga debut season was also quite outstanding, scoring six goals and five assists in a single season, including a pass against Klopp's Dortmund (the season he reached the Champions League final). After three seasons in the Bundesliga, Kan takashi played another six seasons in La Liga, returning to the J-League last year with another former veteran, Kiyotake Hiroshi, at Sakura Osaka. In the history of the five major leagues, Qian Guishi scored 23 goals and provided 20 assists, spending a total of 241 games.
As a model of Asian players in Europe, Makoto Hasebe has been leading by example to pass on a very high professional spirit for the younger generations, he wrote the book "Tidying Up the State of Mind: Bringing Victory to Yourself 56 Habits" has also been translated by researchers in China, and after reading this book, it also makes people feel that the 38-year-old Makoto team can still stand on the europa League semi-final stage is not luck, but the mentality of the strong and the dedication on the field. Whether it was playing at the back in the early years or playing at the centre-back now, Makoto Hasebe's sense of position and attitude to the game are top-notch, he has no amazing stats, only a staggering number of appearances. In 2017 he surpassed Yasuhiko Okuji to become the most Japanese in bundesliga history, and in 2020 he surpassed Che Fangen to become the most asian in bundesliga history. Although he has only delivered 20 assists in 355 Bundesliga appearances, it is enough to make him rank in the top ten in Asia, and in the last five seasons, he has not scored or assisted in the league because of his low position.
8 Park Ji-sung (21 assists)
As one of the greatest Asian players in the history of the five major leagues, Park Ji-sung won four Premier League titles and one Champions League with Manchester United as a semi-main player, including two Champions League finals against Barca and played the whole game, except that he was unexpectedly not selected for the Champions League final in 2008. In the history of the Premier League, Park Ji-sung has scored 19 goals and assisted 21 times in a total of 154 appearances.
7 Daisuke Matsui (23 assists)
Daisuke Matsui was the most successful Japanese player in Ligue 1 history, playing as a left winger at Le Mans in the 2005-08 season, Daisuke Matsui, who was fast and dribbling, was the team's flank at the time, in the first three seasons of Ligue 1 he was able to participate in about 10 goals each season, and throughout his Ligue 1 career, Matsui Daisuke also played for Saint-Etienne, Grenoble and Dijon, scoring 17 goals and assisting 40 times in 148 appearances. Daisuke Matsui, 40, still plays in Japan's J3 League, and in the last two years he has played in Vietnam and played futsal matches, which has long proved his love of football.
6 NAKATA Hidetoshi (26th Aid)
In the four seasons from 1995 to 98, Hidetoshi Nakata made 85 appearances for Hiratsuka Bima in the J-League, scoring 16 goals and assisting 22 times. In the summer of 1998, Hidetoshi Nakata joined Serie A side Perugia for 3.5 million euros and made a splash in his first season, scoring 10 goals and assisting 6 times in 33 Serie A appearances. In the winter window of the second season, just a year and a half after Hidetoshi Nakata came to the Apennines, his value rose nearly eightfold, and Roma spent nearly 22 million euros to bring him in. A year and a half later, Hidetoshi Nakata won the serie A with Roma. In the summer of 2001, Roma sold him to Parma for a transfer fee of 28 million euros, which is enough to see the strength of Nakata Hidetoshi. Even in his final season in Serie A, Hidetoshi Nakata, who played for Fiorentina, scored a hat-trick for assists in Lecce's game. Counting his short Premier League career, Hidetoshi Nakata has scored 25 goals and assisted 26 times in a total of 203 appearances in the history of the five major leagues, and if Hidetoshi Nakata had not retired early at the age of 29, he would certainly have achieved more.
5 Hiroshi Kiyotake (30 assists)
The trajectory of Hiroshi Kiyotake's career is similar to that of Takashi Kaneshi, who played for Sakura Osaka before staying in the Bundesliga, and then went to La Liga after playing in the Bundesliga for a few years, and finally returned to Sakura Osaka. Kiyotake debuted in the Bundesliga at Nuremberg, mainly playing in the forward position, his body is very agile and flexible, his passing ability is also very good, the Bundesliga debut season scored 4 goals and delivered 9 assists. Hiroshi Kiyotake came to La Liga in the 2016-17 season, but his career in Spain was not smooth, Sampaoli did not reuse him, and during his time in Sevilla his son died shortly after the birth, which also affected his mental state, in order to better accompany his family, he returned to Playing in Japan at the age of 27. In the five seasons of the five major leagues, Kiyotake Hiroshi scored 18 goals and 30 assists in a total of 121 appearances, and the assist efficiency of 0.25 was also the first in Asia in the history of the five major leagues.
4 KAGAWA Shinji (34th Aid)
Shinji Kagawa, perhaps the strongest striker in Asian history, joined Dortmund in 2010 and was honoured as Bundesliga Half-Way MVP in half season, scoring 13 goals and assisting eight times in 31 league games the following year, helping Borussia Dortmund win the Bundesliga title as the core of the organization, and he himself was named to the Best Squad of the Season. But then choosing to join Manchester United may have been a wrong decision, he did not show enough competitiveness at Manchester United, but also suffered from injuries, although he won the Premier League championship trophy, but he returned to Dort after only 2 seasons. Shinji Kagawa scored 47 goals and 34 assists in a total of 186 appearances in the history of the five major leagues, and if he had not left Dortmund that year, the Bundesliga assist 50+ was likely to be achieved.
3 Che Fangen (41 assists)
With 98 goals in the Bundesliga, Che Fangen was the top scorer in Asian history in the top five leagues, a record that has been broken by his compatriot Son Heung-min in the past two years. Ma Teacher of the 9 o'clock news of the Korean football team once found the Bundesliga assist data of Che Fangen in the South Korean media statistics for the author, and the total number of assists of 41 assists can show that Che Fangen still has the ability to assist his teammates.
2 Madavia (53 assists)
In the 1997 Golden State Massacre, the national football team experienced the power of Madaviya's crazy assault on the wing, this top Asian right player, can play all positions on the right side, from right-back to right winger, his excellent running ability and cross footwork are impressive. In the 1998-2009 season, he played in the Bundesliga for 11 seasons, scoring 29 goals and 53 assists in 255 appearances, including 13 assists in 2002-03 for Hamburg in 26 Bundesliga appearances, pushing Ze Roberto to become the Bundesliga assist king, which was the only time in the history of Asian players to win the honor of assist king in the five major leagues, and Madavia also dominated the Asian assist list of the top five leagues for a long time, until the emergence of Son Xingyu.
1 Son Heung-min (54 assists)
Let's take a look at Son's top five league stats: 130 goals and 54 assists in 363 games. The number of appearances, goals and assists are all historical records for Asian players in the five major leagues. He is the strongest player in Asian history, not one, and it is slightly exaggerated to say that Son Heung-min has the speed of African players, the confrontation of European players, the skills of Japanese players, the physical fitness of Korean players and the C Ronaldo-like left and right foot shooting. (Supine Braces/Qiu Yixi)
Source of data for this article: Back-up soccer database