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Juventus icon Del Piero favoured to take on Man Utd

Sydney FC striker Alessandro Del Piero has received the highest number of votes in the forwards position for the inaugural A-League All-Stars match.

The Juventus idol was the most voted for player in the strikers spot as 30,000 votes were cast by fans for the clash with English champions Manchester United in Sydney on July 20.

Fans were able to choose from all 10 A-League clubs in picking a squad of 15 players and were also able to select their preferred formation with the most favoured being the traditional 4-4-2.

Of the four standard football positions, Central Coast Mariners young gun Mat Ryan gained the most selections as goalkeeper, Western Sydney Wanderers centre-half Nikolai Topor-Stanley was voted in for defence and Wanderers Japanese ace Shinji Ono got the nod in midfield along with Del Piero.

The fans vote accounts for 50% of the final 18-man squad selected which will then be taken out by the Foxtel A-League All Stars Expert Panel who will reason for 20% of the overall vote, head coach Ange Postecoglou taking 10% and the 20% Player vote via the PFA Team of the Year also taken into account.

The top 35 players in order of fan voting were:


1. Mathew Ryan (Central Coast Mariners) / 2. Ante Covic (Western Sydney Wanderers) / 3. Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United) / 4. Michael Theo (Brisbane Roar) / 5. Nathan Coe (Melbourne Victory)


1. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers) / 2. Pedj Bojic (Central Coast Mariners) / 3. Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast Mariners) / 4. Adama Traore (Melbourne Victory) / 5. Michael Beauchamp (Western Sydney Wanderers) / 6. Lucas Neill (Sydney FC) / 7. Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar) / 8. Trent Sainsbury (Central Coast Mariners) / 9. Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory) / 10. Joshua Rose (Central Coast Mariners)


1. Shinji Ono (Western Sydney Wanderers) / 2. Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar) / 3. Youssouf Hersi (Western Sydney Wanderers) / 4. Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners) / 5. Aaron Mooy (Western Sydney Wanderers) / 6. Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory) / 7. Dario Vidosic (Adelaide United) / 8. Marco Flores (Melbourne Victory) / 9. Richard Garcia (Melbourne Heart) / 10. Marcelo Carrusca (Adelaide United)


1. Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC) / 2. Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory) / 3. Emile Heskey (Newcastle Jets) / 4. Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory) / 5. Daniel McBreen (Central Coast Mariners) / 6. Besart Berisha (Brisbane Roar) / 7. Jeremy Brockie (Wellington Phoenix) / 8. Shane Smeltz (Perth Glory) / 9. Mark Bridge (Western Sydney Wanderers) / 10. Bernie Ibini (Central Coast Mariners)

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