By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
It’s a double celebration for the 25-year-old Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo player, who on Tuesday was also picked for the Best 11 award during the J League Awards in Yokohama.
"It's an amazing year for me and my club. The award in Japan is definitely the highlight of my career because I won it on behalf of the Thai people," said Chanathip after the award presentation in Bangkok.
Chanathip has been the Kingdom’s outstanding player in 2018 and is the first Thai to enjoy huge success in J-League, where he scored eight goals in the past season and helped his side to a record fourth placed finish in the League. He is also the first from Asean to feature in the Best 11.
His next mission is to help Thailand in the Asian Cup which will take place at the United Arab Emirates next month.
"We have to work hard and fix on our weaknesses for the Cup. I'm proud to be in the national team again," he said.
Selected Winners of the 2018 FA Thailand Award
Best Men’s Player of the Year: Chanathip Songkrasin
Best Women’s Player of the Year: Pitsamai Sornsai
Best Goal (national) of the Year: Supachai Jaided (AFF Cup game with Singapore)
Best Goal (league) of the Year: Herberty Fernandes (Brazil,Muangthong United ) (Thai League game with Pattaya)
Best Fairplay (league) Club of the Year: Buriram United
Top Scorer (league) of the Year: Diogo Luis Santos (Brazil, Buriram United) 34 goals
Best Foreign PLayer of the Year: Diogo Luis Santos (Brazil, Buriram United)
Best Coach (league) of the Year: Bozidar Bandovic (Montenegro) of Buriram United
Most Improved Club: Buriram United
President's Special Recognition Award: Vichai Srivaddhanaprapha
President's Award: Nualphan Lamsam