Messi finally beat Supermokh’s record
TWO goals scored by Lionel Messi when he recorded his 100th victory with the Argentine national team recently was enough for the player to surpass the scoring record of the country’s football legend, the late Datuk Mokhtar Dahari at the international level.
Last Wednesday, the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star scored dramatic goals in the 86th and 89th minutes when helping the La Albiceleste squad overcome Jamaica 3-0 in a friendly at the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey, United States (US).
The two goals ensured that Messi collected 90 goals at the international level, one goal surpassing the goal created by Mohktar or better known by the title of Supermokh.
Not only that, Messi also usurped the third position previously held by Mokhtar.
For the record, Messi is the second highest scorer in the list of players who are still actively playing behind the first place, which is the anchor of Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo with a record of 117 goals so far.
Apart from Ronaldo and Messi, two attackers from Asia namely Sunil Chhetri (India) and Ali Mabkhout (UAE) are also still actively playing on the international stage.
Based on the latest list of international top scorers, Cristiano Ronaldo is in first place with 117 goals followed by Iran’s all-time top scorer, Ali Daie (109), Lionel Messi (90) in third place and Mokhtar Dahari in fourth place.
Chhetri has 84 goals to share fifth place with Hungarian and Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas, while Ali is seventh with 80 goals.
Regardless, Messi has the opportunity to improve his scoring record at the international level when he will represent Argentina in the 2022 World Cup campaign in Qatar in November.
Last year, the International Football Federation (FIFA) recognized Mokhtar’s goals in 131 appearances with the Harimau Malaya squad at international level.
Supermokh’s scoring record also surpasses the achievements of the Brazilian legend, Pele who scored 77 goals.
Mokhtar, the most feared explosive player in the history of the national team, has helped Malaysia become champions of the Pestabola Merdeka four times, the SEA Games twice and won the bronze medal in the 1974 Asian Cup.
In the domestic competition, the Ampang-born player helped Selangor win the Malaysia Cup 10 times from 1972 to 1986, as well as the league championship in 1984.
He died at the age of 37 on 11 July 1991 due to muscular dystrophy at Subang Jaya Medical Centre.
source – Sinar Harian