Friday cover: UAE and Al Ain star Omar Abdulrahman crowned king of Asia

Al Ain and UAE footballer Omar Abdulrahman takes The National Sport front page on Friday, December 2 after he was named Asian player of the year in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night.

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Al Ain and UAE footballer Omar Abdulrahman takes The National Sport front page on Friday, December 2 after he was named Asian player of the year in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night.

Abdulrahman has enjoyed a successful individual year, during which he led his club to the Asian Champions League final, and played an integral role in the national side’s progression to the final qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup.

The National's John McAuley was at the AFC Awards at Emirates Palace:

• Reaction: Omar Abdulrahman dedicates AFC award to 'whole of the UAE'

• Comment: Europe calling and Abdulrahman must decide if he wants to answer

• Round-up and full list of winners: Caitlin Foord named women's player of the year

* The National staff

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