Only a small number of Asian players are remembered for their time in the Premier League. And from that short list, we have picked top five Asian players to ever play at the highest level in England.
5) Ashkan Dejagah (Iran, Fulham)
The Iranian attacking midfielder/winger stayed in the Premier League for only two seasons, but he was voted as Fulham’s player of the year by club fans for the season 2013-14. He scored five goals in 22 appearances for the London club that season.
4) Ki Sung-yueng (South Korea, Swansea)
He signed for Swansea for a club record £6 million from Celtic in 2012. Barring one season he spent on loan at Sunderland, he has been an integral part of the Welsh side since his transfer. He scored eight goals for the Swans during 2014-15 season and was voted Swansea City Player of the Year.
3) Shinji Kagawa (Japan, Man Utd)
He arrived with a pedigree at Man Utd from Borussia Dortmund in 2012. Kagawa failed to live up to the initial expectations during his two-year stay in Premier League and moved back to Dortmund in 2014. However, he did play his part in United’s 2012-13 league winning season by scoring six goals in 20 appearances.
2) Sun Jihai (China, Man City)
He is arguably the most successful Chinese footballer player to have played in Europe. The defender spent seven seasons with Manchester City. He made more than 100 appearances for the Citizens during his stay with the club, and he is the reason behind the massive Man City fan base in China.
1. Park Ji-Sung (South Korea, Man Utd)
He’s quite an easy choice for the number one spot. Park spent seven seasons at Old Trafford and won all the possible club honours during his time with the Red Devils. Four Premier League titles and one Champions League title make him the most successful Asian player in the history of the Premier League.