A new poll published Friday makes it official: Fans feel that striker Fred is the worst player on Brazil's World Cup squad.

The respected Datafolha polling group says that for 21 per cent of the close to 3,000 people questioned, the Fluminense forward is the Brazilian team's worst player. Nine per cent said striker Hulk, and 6 per cent said defender Dani Alves, who was removed from the starting lineup for Friday's quarter-final against Colombia.

No surprise: For 56 per cent of the respondents, striker Neymar is the team's best player. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar is a distant second with 10 per cent.

Datafolha questioned 2,857 people, and the poll has a margin of error of two percentage points.