Fans have had their say – and for all the recent controversy surrounding the Matildas, skipper Sam Kerr is still head and shoulders the most popular Australian star right now.
In the massive Big Australian FTBL Survey, almost 1000 fans had their say on the state of the game and how they interact with the sport in Australia.
Last week we revealed how confidence with the FFA had plunged in the wake of the row over the sacking of former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic. Fans were hugely disappointed by the new FFA Board...and CEO David Gallop was rated a massive fail by fans.
Earlier this week we also revealed fans backed Canberra, Tasmania and Wollongong for the next two spots in the A-League, and were overwhelmingly behind the push for a national second division and promotion and relegation from the A-League.
Today we can also absolutely confirm Sam Kerr is the fans' new figurehead of Australian football, following in the footsteps of players like Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell as the name on everyone's lips.
After standout seasons in Australia and the USA, picking up Golden Boots in both the NWSL and W-League, as well as stunning performances for the Matildas, Kerr is now a true Aussie icon.
She earned twice as many votes as second-placed Aaron Mooy who was the most popular Socceroo of the moment, ahead of Mat Ryan in third-place before Awer Mabil, Daniel Arzani, Tom Rogic and Rhyan Grant brought up the rear.
Another Matilda, Hayley Raso – who marked her comeback from a broken back in three places with a goal for the Matildas within moments of coming off the bench in her return debut last week – was also a huge favourite for fans.
She came in ahead of new Socceroos recruit Martin Boyle and long-haired Roo Jackson Irvine, while Lisa De Vanna proved to be more popular than Robbie Kruse and Aziz Behich, who were just ahead of Kyah Simon. Craig Goodwin topped the charts for the "Other" players nominated by fans.
On the best player of all-time, one star stood out across history. Lionel Messi put everyone else in the shade, earning three times the vote of Diego Maradona, and twice the vote of even Pele.
Surprisingly even David Beckham came out ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo who rounded out the top five with just 4.55 percent of the vote. Brits George Best, Ryan Giggs, Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard came next, marginally in front of Luka Modric, Ronaldo and Alessandro Del Piero.
Gerrard was the favourite suggestion for fans nominating "other" stars – but Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry all had popular backing along with Aussies like Kewell, Cahill and Kerr.
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