It's a topic which will whet the appetite of many Asian fans - and football lovers around the world - who is the AFC's best player?

There is no shortage of contenders for this 'Have Your Say', but to help you out we've shortlisted seven who we feel might be among the most popular. Feel free to ignore our own picks, however, we just want to know which player sets your pulses racing?

Could it be Chinese superstar Zheng Zhi? The 27-year-old, now playing with English Championship side Charlton Athletic, has formerly been named as his country's player of the year, but do you think he's the pride of the continent? Or what about Iran's Mehdi Mahdavikia? The Eintracht Frankfurt star was named as Asia's Player of the Year in 2003 and has also been involved in two FIFA World Cups™. Now the captain of the Iran side, will he be your top choice?

The legion of Manchester United fans around the world will be voting for Park Ji-Sung. Having made his mark at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Korea Republic winger continued his progress with a high-profile move to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and was an integral member of the Red Devils squad that won the Premier League title last season.

The reigning AFC Player of the Year is Yasser Al Qahtani. The Al Hilal and Saudi Arabia hitman, nicknamed 'Sniper', scored four goals in last year's AFC Asian Cup, further cementing his place as the true heir of the now retired scoring legend Yasser Al Jaber.

And don't forget Younis Mahmoud. Mahmoud was undoubtedly the driving force behind Iraq's fairy tale triumph in the 2007 Asian Cup, scoring four times to help his team win the continental title. Plus, his outstanding display of leadership and scoring ability saw him win the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.

And finally, what about British-based duo Tim Cahill and Shunsuke Nakamura? Cahill, renowned for his aerial ability and goalscoring prowess, put his name in the history books when he scored Australia's first-ever goal at a FIFA World Cup finals when he netted in the 3-1 win over Japan in Germany. He's also expected to play a key role in Pim Verbeek's team in their attempt for South Africa 2010.

Meanwhile, left-footed set-piece specialist Nakamura, became a cornerstone of the Zico-coached team that won the Asian Cup in China before going on to lead the team to the finals of the World Cup in Germany. He went into last year's Asian Cup off the back of his best club season to date, being named Player of the Year in Scotland following his performances for Glasgow giants Celtic.

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