- Ali Daei surpassed Puskas and became international football’s greatest-ever goal scorer
- The Iranian international played for clubs such as Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC
- He has scored 109 international goals, with Cristiano Ronaldo now on 101
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Ali Daei remains the all-time international goalscorer having netted 109 times for his country Iran in what could be described as a spectacular and remarkable career.
On Tuesday night, September 8, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace against Sweden to take his international tally to 101 and becomes the second man to reach a century of international goals, but the Iranian king still reigns.
Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskas had a total of 84 goals, a record which stood for 47 years as he couldn’t take it past that number with Hungarian Revolution of 1956 cruelly ending his international career at the age of 29.
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Meanwhile, as at November 2003, Daei was on 83 goals for Iran and he needed to score during an Asian Cup qualifier against North Korea and then share the records, FourFourTwo reports.
And on 52 minutes he scored from the penalty spot and while celebrations were ongoing, a fire cracker was thrown unto the pitch which hit a North Korean player.
The furious opponents walked off the pitch and didn't return which consequently got them banned for a year. As a result, Daei would need to score again.
A week later, the Iranian legend did in style against Lebanon scoring from the spot in Beiruit. And within days he surpassed Puskas goal tally and finally ended his career with 109 goals from 149 matches.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the second man to reach a century of goals for his country after Iran's Ali Daei who has 109 - and is the first European ever to hit three figures next closest is Ferenc Puskas, with 84.
The Portuguese striker further validated his Greatest of all Time status after netting his 100th and 101st international goals in Portugal's 2-0 win over Sweden in their UEFA Nations League clash.
The Juventus attacker reached the milestone in style after firing an unstoppable freekick into the top corner of the post to give his side the lead just before the half-time whistle.
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