If you want another reason to see the Caltex Socceroos tonight, then look no further than the UAE's "Arabian Messi", Omar Abdulrahman.
With an afro to match our very own Mustafa Amini, Abdulrahman is set to light up Allianz Stadium tonight in this critical World Cup qualifier.
Here are five reasons to watch the man with the most famous afro in Asian football.
HE IS REIGNING ASIAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Awards and accolades often come with pressure but the best players embrace the weight on their shoulders.
Abdulrahman's mix of close control, audacious passing, mazy dribbling and game awareness truly set him apart from his peers.
HE IS TECHNICALLY AMAZING
Whether it's taking on (and usually beating) an opponent one-on-one, bringing the ball down with an immaculate first touch or finding a team-mate with a precise pass, everything Abdulrahman does is of an extremely high technical quality.
If you get the chance tonight, spend ten minutes just watching Abdulrahman; he'll never be far from the ball, but his movement off it and ability to bring team-mates into the game is unparalleled in Asia.
HE IS A SET PIECE KING
Abdulrahman is UAE's main man in dead-ball situations.
He'll be on corners and free-kicks (and can be deadly from just outside the penalty area) and if the Caltex Socceroos should concede a spot-kick, there'll only be one man stepping up to take it.
IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT OMAR
Abdulrahman has the innate ability to bring his team-mates into the game and makes them better players, simply by being on the same pitch.
In the second round of World Cup qualification, he memorably provided six assists in his side’s 10-0 drubbing of Malaysia.
HE NEEDS TO STEP UP FOR UAE
Thursday's loss to Japan left UAE fourth in Group B, one point behind Australia and four off the automatic qualifying places.
With just four games to go, UAE can't let a gap open up between themselves and the top three.
In situations like this, the very best players often come to the fore; simply put, UAE need Abdulrahman to be at the peak of his powers if they are to beat Australia.
Aussies Abroad: Milligan triumphs in battle of the Aussies, Jeggo suffers defeat in Austria
There were two Caltex Socceroos in action across Europe on Saturday morning (AEDT) as Mark Milligan and Jimmy Jeggo stepped out for Hibernian and Austria Vienna respectively.... Milligan played the full 90 in Scotland as Hibs overcame Dundee in a 4-2 thriller at Dens Park. AUS
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic injured as Genk exit Europa League
It wasn’t a happy night in the UEFA Europa League for Danny Vukovic as he was stretched off in Genk’s 4-1 loss to Slavia Prague on Friday morning (AEDT). AUSSIES ABROAD: Vukovic features in top-two battle NEW DEAL: In-form Vukovic rewarded with contract extension Still sco
When to watch your Caltex Socceroos this weekend
There's plenty for Caltex Socceroos fans to sink their teeth into this weekend with our homegrown heroes gearing up for some massive matches. Mathew Leckie attempts to slay a giant in Germany, two Aussies set aside national team loyalties in Denmark and Aaron Mooy goes on the
In-form Vukovic earns Genk contract extension
Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been rewarded for his excellent form with a two-season contract extension at Belgian club KRC Genk. The 33-year-old's deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign but the Pro League leaders have taken up their option to extend