The 14th edition of the AFF Championship drew to a conclusion with Thailand claiming a record-extending seventh title after a 3-2 aggregate victory against Vietnam on Monday.

The usual home-and-away format returned in this edition delivering thrilling moments along the way, with a total of 90 goals scored across the tournament.

With the passionate crowd in the stands across various venues, several players stepped up to the occasion going on to become the game changer for their respective teams and we have now picked the best of the bunch for you to vote for your favourite.

Theerathon Bunmathan (Thailand)

We begin the nominees with the MVP of the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022, Theerathon Bunmathan whose transformation from his preferred full-back role to a midfielder didn’t deter him from delivering a masterclass on the road to Thailand retaining their title.

The 32-year-old was a constant threat throughout, delivering a tournament-high six assists, creating a total of 30 chances and capping it off with a stunning winning goal in the second leg of the final in front of adoring home support.

Vu Van Thanh (Vietnam)

Despite largely being a squad player, Vu Van Thanh made his mark for the Golden Star Warriors in the opening match itself when he came off the bench to complete a resounding win against Laos.

With Vietnam staring at a defeat in the first leg of the final, Van Thanh was once again summoned off the bench and this time he rifled in a spectacular first-time effort in the 88th minute to spare his team’s blushes and prevent defeat in outgoing head coach Park Hang-seo’s last home match.

Faisal Halim (Malaysia)

Another player who impressed in his team’s very first outing in the competition is Malaysia’s Faisal Halim, who by and largely was the nation’s most eye-catching performer.

Following on from his match-winning goal against Myanmar, he went on to net a quickfire brace against Laos and saved his best for the last when an early semi-final first-leg goal inflicted Thailand’s only defeat, helping Faisal celebrate his 25th birthday in style.

Jordi Amat (Indonesia)

After key defenders Elkan Baggott and Sandy Walsh pulled out of the Indonesia squad just days before the start of the tournament, all eyes were on debutant Jordi Amat who has experience at the highest level having featured in the Premier League and La Liga during his distinguished career.

Amat went on to marshal the Garuda backline as they conceded just three times in the group stage, the lowest they have let in since 2010, as the centre-back has proved to be a brilliant addition to Shin Tae-yong’s national team setup.

Shawal Anuar (Singapore)

Missing the likes of Ikhsan Fandi and Adam Swandi, the Lions needed someone to step up and having recently secured a move to Singapore Premier League giants Lion City Sailors, Shawal Anuar did just that arriving in the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 with a spring in his steps.

Just three days after signing for his new club, Shawal scored the winner against Myanmar to get the Lions off to a perfect start and then continued his scoring touch in the following match against Laos, ultimately finishing as Singapore’s top-scorer in the competition.

Maung Maung Lwin (Myanmar)

Myanmar skipper Maung Maung Lwin gave hosts Singapore a brief scare in their own den after scoring on either side of the half-time break, cutting inside for his first goal before scoring with a superb first-time half-volley.

Against Laos in Yangon, the Thailand-based forward had the last say with his inch-perfect long-range free-kick in the 96th minute denying the Laotians a famous win as he notched up his third goal in four matches.