A referendum by the International Federation of History and Statistics enlisted five Arabs to be one of the most famous players in the world.
Egyptian players Mohammed Abou Trika of al-Ahly and Mohammed Salah of Swiss club, Basel, TunisianYoussef Mskani, Algerian Sufian Feghouli of Spanish club Valencia, and Libyan goalkeeper Samir Aboud have made it on the all-Star list.
The federation counted 178 players, with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero on top of the list.
The players, however, will be shortlisted to 32 by November based on the voting outcome of the polls conducted on the federation’s official website.
The International Federation of History and Statistics was founded in 1984, and receives logistical support from FIFA, but is not affiliated to the international football governing body.