On Tuesday (29 June), the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) had tweeted a list of the most goals scored, and guess what? The Malaysian football legend Mokhtar Dahari was being recognised as the 3rd highest goal scorer of all time.
The list consists of 12 footballers whom FIFA acknowledge their achievements. These athletes come from different countries, but Mokhtar Dahari was the only Southeast Asian football player on the list.
The first place and second places was taken by Ali Daei from Iran and Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal with 109 goals each.
According to Astro Awani, Mokhtar played for the Selangor team from 1972 to 1987 and he also represented Malaysia in the national games from 1972 to 1985.
It is learnt that Mokhtar achieved the feat in 142 games, giving him an average of 0.62 goals per match! The late Mokhtar, playing with the Harimau Malaya has won the the SEA games twice in 1977 and 1979, as reported by the Star.
In addition, he also won the Pestabola Merdeka tournament four times in 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1979 and was awarded the Asian Games bronze medal in 1974.
His achievements earned him an offer to join the Real Madrid C.F. in 1975, which he had turned it down because of his patriotism to his country and native club of Selangor.
Unfortunately, the Malaysian legend passed away at age 37 in July 1991. The cause of his death was never revealed for 19 years until a documentary about his was aired too. According to the National Geographic documentary, they said that the cause of his death was motor neurone disease (MND).
Even thought the Malaysian legend had left us for some time now, his achievements are engraved in our memories and we are proud of you! We hope that he is resting in peace too!
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