• Jonathan Shiek

FIFA Lists Malaysian Striker ‘Supermokh’ As 3rd Highest International Goal Scorer

The late legendary Malaysian striker Mokhtar Dahari, nicknamed Supermokh, has just been credited by the international football governing body FIFA as the third highest goal scorer in international men’s football history!

The news was revealed in a tweet from FIFA’s official Twitter account yesterday. Topping the list are retired Iranian footballer Ali Daei and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, who both tied with a score of 109 goals each. Though it’s probably only a matter of time before Ronaldo tops the list as he’s still playing professionally for Portugal’s national football team.

🇮🇷 Ali Daei, 109 🇵🇹 Cristiano, 109 🇲🇾 Mokhtar Dahari, 89 🇭🇺 Ferenc Puskas, 84 🇿🇲 Godfrey Chitalu, 79 🇮🇶 Hussein Saeed, 78 🇧🇷 Pele, 77 🇦🇪 Ali Mabkhout, 76 🇭🇺 Sandor Kocsis, 75 🇯🇵 Kunishige Kamamoto, 75 🇰🇼 Bashar Abdullah, 75 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi, 75 📈 The joint-9th top men's scorer! — (@FIFAcom) June 29, 2021

With a total of 89 goals scored in 142 games played for Malaysia’s national football team, Mokhtar was named as the third highest goal scorer worldwide and the highest international scorer in Southeast Asia.

The legendary Mokhtar led Harimau Malaya to victory twice at the SEA Games in 1977 and 1979. The team also famously defeated North Korea to win the bronze medal in the 1974 Asian Games.

During the peak of his career, Mokhtar even received an offer to join Real Madrid, but he turned the Spanish club down due to his loyalty for the Selangor Football Club, saying “I live and die for Selangor.”

Sadly, Mokhtar passed away in 1991 at the age of 37 due to a rare motor neurone disease, but his legacy continues to live on even until today.


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