Asia’s most successful player


I am sure when you're being asked about the best Asian talents in football you think of the likes of Park Ji-sung or Son Heung-min maybe even Cha Bum-kun if you are going way back. The one you might not have thought of is Saki Kumagai the 29-year-old women from Sapporo with five Champions League winners medals. 

Asia's best 

The argument between the female and male game is for others to have but whoever you are no one can argue Saki Kumagai is one of the best footballing talents to come out of Japan. As she reaches the age of 30 she could still achieve more in the game. 

To have won league titles, Champions Leagues and a World Cup I don't think many could argue its been one hell of a career so far for the Lyon midfielder. She is part of a Lyon side that will go down in history as one of the great female sides of all time. 

As more money is pumped into the game and the English are starting to become the major force in female football we could be seeing an end to this Lyon dominance of the last ten years. This success has many people to thank for it but one of them is for sure is the Asian Women's Footballer of the Year for 2019.

This golden period has seen her win seven league titles, six Coupe de France (French FA Cup) and five Champions Leagues and not to forget before her time with Lyon she won the World Cup with Japan in 2011. 


Scoring in a final 

As football is beamed around the world and with more watching the female game year on year many people would have seen Saki Kumagai score as she helped her side to a 3-1 win the Champions League final last week against Wolfsburg.

She is clearly in no mood to slow down too as she said after the match “I hope to keep showing what I can do as a Japanese player at the top level.”

This win would have felt even more special as she scored in her first Champions League final although the defensive midfielder, of course, helped her side to all these wins. She looks in no mood to head out the door either as she extended her contract with the club until next June.

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