IFFHS members and editorial boards from over 70 countries across all continents have selected the candidates from their own and other countries for the public's vote for the most popular active footballer in 2008.
According to an MNA report, the 100 candidates come from 58 countries on all football continents. Spain (7), Brazil (6), Argentina (5), Italy (5), England (4), Germany (4), Russia (4) and Mexico (4) have the most candidates, followed by France (3), Portugal (3) and Turkey (3).
After the team's performance, a player's popularity is the most important factor in drawing crowds to the media and TV screens. In 2007 some 2.7 million IFFHS users cast their votes.
Vahedi Nikbakht, Persepolis' current top scorer, is one of Iran's most popular players. He sits in sixth place in the rankings, bagging 69.916 votes.
1. ?scar David Suazo (Honduras) Sport Lisboa e Benfica 196.079
2. Mohamed Aboutreika (Egypt) Al-Ahly Cairo 159.955
3. Marcos (Brazil) SE Palmeiras S?o Paulo 86.954
4. Rogério Ceni (Brazil) S?o Paulo FC 84.141
5. Faisal Agab Sido (Sudan) Al-Merreikh Omdurman 72.509
6. Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht (Iran) Persepolis Tehran 69.916
7. Dario Srna (Croatia) FC Shakhtyor Donetsk 18.649
8. Yasser Al-Qahtani (Saudi Arabia) Al-Hilal FC Riyadh 10.173
9. Vladimir Bystrov (Russia) FC Spartak Moscow 9.003
10. Alessandro Del Piero (Italy) Juventus FC Torino 8.063