New Delhi:India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia could not make it to the top 10 finalists after being nominated among the 43 footballers for the Asian Footballer of the Year award instituted by a pan-Arab Abu Dhabi soccer weekly, 'Super'.
After voting by experts, media and fans, Bhaichung failed to book a berth among the top 10 finalists, mainly made up of players from European clubs.
At the gala awards night at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Manchester United and South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung won the Asian Footballer of the Year award which carries a purse of $100,000.
Park, who helped Manchester United win the English Premier League, European Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, clinched the award ahead of the likes of Japan playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura, Saudi Arabia's Yasser Alqahtani and Iraq's Nashaat Akram.
Togo and Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor won the African Player of the Year award which also carries $100,000 while Egyptian Mohammed Aboutrika was named the Arab Player of the Year.
Adebayor thwarted competition from the likes of Mahamadou Diarra, Frederic Kanoute, Amr Zaki, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba.
The awards were run under the patronage of Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and crown prince of Abu Dhabi, and organised by a board of trustees led by former international referee Pierluigi Collina of Italy.
Other board members include the former players Hidetoshi Nakata, Sami al Jaber, Abedi Pele and the former UAE coach Bruno Metsu.
Top 10 finalists for Asia: Park Ji Sung (Manchester United, South Korea), Jawad Nekonam (Osasuna, Iran), Brett Emerton (Blackburn, Australia), Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic, Japan), Sbastian Sorria (Qatar Club, Qatar), Ismaeil Matar (Al Wahdah, UAE), Server Djeparov (FC Bunyodkor, Uzbekistan), Hawar Mulla Mohammed (Anorthosis Famagusta FC of Cyprus, Iraq), Gholam Reza Rezaei (Saba Battery in Iran, Iran), Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka, Japan).
Top 10 finalists for Africa: Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast), Stephen Worgu (Enyimba International FC in Nigeria, Nigeria), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan, Ghana), Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, Togo), Seydou Keita (FC Barcelona, Mali), Samuel Eto'o (FC Barcelona, Cameroon), Amir Zaki (Wigan Athletic, Egypt), Michael Essien (Chelsea, Ghana), Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid, Mali).