|Wang Shuang poses in front of the poster of the AFC Annual Awards 2018. [Xinhua]|
Chinese midfielder Wang Shuang received the Women's Player of the Year award at the AFC (Asia Football Confederation) Annual Awards 2018 in Muscat, Oman, on November 28.
Wang Shuang, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the Division 1 Féminine, claimed the award for the first time, following an impressive year at both club and international level.
"It is a total honor for me to receive this precious award. I would like to thank the AFC. It has come as a surprise, but this award is inspiration for me to do well next year at the FIFA World Cup in France. I want to thank all my teammates - both from my club and country.
"Of course, this has been a year of great results — to secure a move to PSG, to score in the UEFA Champions League and now to win this great award. But also, this year we played in the Asian Games and personally I do feel some regret that we were not able to do better," said Wang Shuang.
The 23-year-old Chinese midfielder's own contribution of four goals in the same AFC tournament helped China to win bronze. She also won silver in the women's football tournament at the 2018 Asian Games in August and was the top scorer with 12 goals – nine of which came in just one game.
AFC listed Wang's national team performances and her "impressive displays" for her former Chinese Women's Super League club Dalian Quanjian among the reasons for her nomination. They also highlighted the two-year contract she signed in August with French giants PSG in Division 1 Féminine.
|Wang Shuang from China speaks after winning the AFC Women's Player of the Year award at the AFC Annual Awards 2018 in Muscat, Oman, on Nov. 28, 2018. [Xinhua]|
(Source: China Daily)