Kewell ranked No1 in Oceania; No24 in the World.
Galatasaray’s Harry Kewell, who was three time Oceania‘s Footballer of the Year, claimed the title for 2009 again. Kewell received 9,400 votes thus becoming the most popular 24th soccer player in the world and the most popular soccer player in Oceania region.
Kewell’s team mate Arda Turan was selected as the most popular European player of 2009. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has, as captain, led Galatasaray to 10th place of the Club World Ranking. He also has played a dominant role in the Turkish national team and received 91,887 votes.
The year 2009 saw the fourth annual IFFHS user vote for the world’s most popular football player, with a total of 908,278 casting their votes from 182 countries. IFFHS had provided a list of 115 candidates from all six continents. The vote confirms once more that sporting performance is only one aspect of this category of the most popular player. Loyalty to a club over many years and a commitment to remain in the home country – often turning down big money – are serious factors. Also modesty and restraint play a role. Consequently, this results in a great difference between the achievement-orientated top footballers (FIFA Players) and the most popular players (IFFHS user voting).