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Osasuna's Iranian midfielder Javad Nekounam
Osasuna's Iranian midfielder, Javad Nekounam, has been selected by Goal.com as the fourth best Asian soccer player in 2008.

The Iranian national was chosen by the Asian editor John Duerden on Thursday.

Nekounam was given a three-year contract extension until 2011 by Osasuna last November due to his strong performance and commitment to the Spanish club.

The Iranian star (normally called 'Neku' in Spain) was also chosen as Iran's best player of the year and was awarded the 'Golden Ball' by Iranian Football Officials last year.

The list of the best 10 Asian performers of 2008 is as follows:

1- Park Ji Sung (Manchester United & South Korea)
2- Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka & Japan)
3- Brett Emerton (Blackburn & Australia)
4- Javad Nekounam (Osasuna & Iran)
5- Server Djeparov (Bunyodkor & Uzbekistan)
6- Hawar Mulla Mohammad (Anorthosis Famagusta FC & Iraq)
7- Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic & Japan)
8- Hong Yong-jo (FC Rostov & North Korea)
9- Ahmed Ajab (Al Qadsia & Kuwait)
10- Ali Ashfaq (VB Sports & Maldives)
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