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.
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