New Vision (Kampala)

Africa: Rooney Is Africa Fans' Favorite - Survey

Who does Africa say is the best player in the English Premiership? What about the best manager and the greatest Premiership player of all time?

These are just three of the questions that were asked in the 2012 Barclays Global Fans Survey and the results are not altogether surprising.

The 2012 survey is the third edition, following the 2005 and 2008 polls, and it sourced 30, 000 Premiership fans from across 200 countries and territories including 3,250 African fans.

This is their verdict:

From the current Barclays Premier League players; Wayne Rooney (30%) would be first name on the fans' team sheet, followed by Robin van Persie (19%) and Steven Gerrard (8%).

Wayne Rooney takes over from Manchester United winger Christian Ronaldo who was the favourite player in 2008.

Ryan Giggs (25%) is the best Barclays Premier League player of all time, according to African supporters, overtaking Thierry Henry who topped the poll in the 2008 survey. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (15%) and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (9%) make up the top three.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson once again topped the poll as the fans' favourite manager, with a mighty 54% of the vote.

However, the 'Special One', Jose Mourinho, is the manager fans are desperate to welcome back with open arms as 50% voted him the manager they would most like to see in the Barclays Premier League.

The young players that fans felt will have the biggest impact on the Barclays Premier League over the next five years - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (16%), Jack Wilshere (15%), Danny Welbeck (11%) and Tom Cleverly (11%).

Rio Ferdinand (29%) has the accolade of top Tweeter, followed by Wayne Rooney (23%).

Half of African fans would like to see Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson join Twitter.

Rooney, the Manchester United striker, said: "It's great to be recognised by the fans in this survey. I get messages from fans all over the world so I know how popular the Barclays Premier league is outside of the UK."

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