Ishan Pandita recently made history by becoming the first Indian player to reach one of the top five leagues in Europe. The best Asian footballers currently playing in Europe mainly focus on the top 5 leagues across the continent.

Still, sometimes the best Asian footballers playing in Europe also have players from other European leagues. Players such as Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Zhixing Park, Yuto Nagato, Ki Sung Yueng, Chu-young Park, Maya Yoshida, Shinji Okazaki and others have achieved success in Europe and paved the way for the current harvest in Asia football.

Asia has produced some of the best football talents, from Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakata and Keisuke Honda to Korea’s Park Ji Sung and Cha Bum Kun. Since then, football teams in Europe have noticed some exceptionally talented players in Asia, as many have left and played in Europe and had an impact on the games that football tipsters have since provided the best tips on.

However, after the embarrassment in Brazil, it is worth looking into where the best talent in Asian football is doing their job and whether it benefits Asian football.

A contributing factor could be a gradual increase in intra-Asian player/manager transfers in certain leagues and Asian and non-Asian investors developing football businesses.

With so many leagues coming to an end (except Russia…), this is the time of year to hand out prizes at the end of the season and show our appreciation for the great football Asia has given us.

First introduced in 2013 and intended as the continental equivalent of the Ballon d’Or, the Asia Footballer of the Year award hosts experts from 37 Asian Football Federations, 47 Member Federations and 13 other guest referees from the Asian Football Confederations.

Five players in a calendar year are awarded six, four, three, two and one points, respectively. The Asian Footballer of the Year Award is given to the player with the most points. Inspired by the Ballon d’Or and France Football, the editors of Titan Sports decided to create an award in honour of the player who was recognised as the best in Asian football last year.

Son Heung-min, who played in the European leagues and the South Korean national team, holds the record for the best football player in Asia.

It’s fitting that Kubo has been at the top of European football throughout his career, and Kagami-san should be at the top of our current list of the best Asian footballers to play in Europe.

Son Heung-min will do more and try to improve further in the next few years and significantly impact football in Europe. After South Korean star Son Heung-min began his career as a senior player in Germany with Bundesliga club Hamburger SV, the forward joined English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for £22m in 2015, making him the most expensive Asian footballer.