3. Shunsuke Nakamura
Famous for the colors of Reggina, Italy, but the peak of Nakamura’s career was in Scotland – where he played for Celtic in four seasons, won three national championships and contributed 34 goals in 166 appearances.
Possessing a “magical” left leg and a sorrowful penalty kick, Nakamura was once dubbed the “Beckham of Japan”.
He owns a massive career with a total of 716 appearances in five different club colors. Nakamura also had 98 caps for the national team, scoring 24 goals.
4. Hidetoshi Nakata
Adding another name becomes the pride in the history of Japanese football in particular and Asia in general. The name of the legend born in 1977 is associated with the golden age of Serie A – where he used to wear five clubs, winning noble titles such as Serie A (Roma, 2001) and Coppa Italia (2002).
Before that, he was the owner of two Asian Golden Ball titles in 1997 and 1998.
Nakata is also a rare player in Asia in the Top 100 FIFA best players. In addition, he has 77 caps for the Japanese national team, attending three World Cups.
5. Cha Bum Kun
Cha Bum Kun is the first player in Korean football history to go abroad to play football, and stick to his entire career in the Bundesliga.
In 1978, he moved to Darmstadt Club. But it was not until he joined Eintracht Frankfurt a year later that his talent broke.
In the four seasons played here, this legendary striker is an irreplaceable pillar, playing 156 games and scoring up to 58 goals. Together with Frankfurt, Cha Bum Kun won a UEFA Cup championship (1980) and a German National Cup (1981).
In 1983, Cha Bum Kun joined Bayer Leverkusen. There, he won another UEFA Cup in 1988. In the national colors, he played 135 games, contributing 58 goals.