Singapore starlet Adam Swandi has beaten off competition from a plethora of fellow budding talents to emerge as Goal's top Southeast Asian Rising Star.
A series showcasing 20 of Southeast Asia's top young players, featuring one new face daily, was run from October 25 to November 13. The names were contributed by various experts from the Asean editions and highlighted precocious stars from Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Thailand, Brunei, Laos, Malaysia, Australia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines.
At the end, a poll was conducted for Goal Singapore readers to vote for their top Rising Star and a majority 34.8% chose Adam. The 17-year-old midfielder plies his trade at French Ligue 2 side FC Metz, which has produced the likes of Louis Saha, Robert Pires and Miralem Pjanic. Adam has also been capped at international level at his young age, and started against Syria in a famous 2-1 win for Singapore last month in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
Evan Dimas of Indonesia came in second with 15.9% of the votes despite being featured last in the series. The 18-year-old midfielder has already been named Goal's Southeast Asia Player of the Week twice though, with hat-tricks against Thailand and South Korea underlining his undoubted potential.
Another Singapore name came in third as Irfan Fandi Ahmad garnered 13.8% of the votes. The 16-year-old son of Singapore legend Fandi got everyone excited during the Lion City Cup this year as he made his debut in a Lions jersey. Although the Under-16s failed to advance from the group stages, Irfan bagged two goals and vowed the crowd despite the pressure of his father's name. He is currently in Chile trying to earn a contract, after a spell at Spanish side Hercules CF.
The other stars to receive votes were Vietnam's Nguyen Cong Phuong and Nguyen Van Toan, Singapore's Mahathir Azeman, Brunei's Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, Malaysia's Sean Gan Giannelli and Nazmi Faiz, Australia's Connor Pain and Tom Rogic, Myanmar's Si Thu Aung, Philippines' Ronilo Jr Vallez Bayan, Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin and Cambodia's Nub Tola.
The full list of the 20 stars featured can be found here.