May 27, 2024
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AFC – KUALA LUMPUR, Among the many star names who will take to the field in the United Arab Emirates are ones who have graced the AFC Asian Cup previously and may very well be doing so for the last time on the continental stage.


Next in the-AFC.com’s ’10 of the Best’ series, we’ve compiled a list of veterans who continue to perform at the very highest level for club and country, and will be striving to inspire their nations to glory come January.

Masoud Shojaei – Islamic Republic of Iran

A key component of Carlos Queiroz’s side in his near eight years as Iran boss, Masoud Shojaei looks set to take his place in Team Melli’s squad for the fourth successive AFC Asian Cup, while he has also appeared at two FIFA World Cups.

The midfielder enjoyed several successful seasons in Spain between 2008 and 2014 and recently returned to his homeland after two seasons in Greece. He will be desperate to go beyond the quarter-finals for the first time.