Iranian football player Mehdi Mahdavikia has been voted the most popular footballer in Asia and the second most well-liked in the world for the year 2012.
The results of a poll recently conducted on the website of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics showed that the 35-year-old Iranian, who currently plays for the Persepolis football club in Iran’s Premier League, tops the list as Asia’s most popular football player with 103,703 votes.
He was also chosen as the world’s second most popular footballer after Juan Fernando Arango Saenz, who plays for Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. The 32-year-old Venezuelan received 104,297 votes.
Goalkeeper Seyyed Mehdi Rahmati, who currently plays for the Iranian national football team and Esteqlal in Iran’s Premier League, got 79,533 votes and was named the world’s and Asia’s third most popular footballer.