Ono named Asia's best
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Feyenoord midfielder fought off competition from compatriot Junichi Inamoto, South Korea's Ahn Jung-hwan and China's Li Tie to claim the prize.
In collecting the award, Ono becomes the first player to win both the AFC Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year titles, having picked up that trophy in 1998.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a stunning year as he won the Uefa Cup with Feyenoord and also starred for co-hosts Japan in the World Cup.
Ono will be presented with the award on June 4, when Feyenoord tackle J-League outfit Urawa Reds Diamonds in a friendly.
The AFC Coach of the Year award went to Guus Hiddink, who worked the oracle with World Cup co-hosts South Korea.
Hiddink steered the nation to the semi-finals of the competition before returning to Holland to take over at PSV Eindhoven.
South Korea's Lee Chun-soo was named AFC Young Player of the Year while his country collected the AFC National Team of the Year title.