The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) believes that the national team's star and top scorer Ali Mabkhout has the hopes of Emirati fans at next January's Asian Cup in Qatar.
The AFC website featured Mabkhout as one of the stars to watch during a comprehensive report backed by numbers and statistics on the Emirati star at this continental football forum.
The statement said: “There are not many players in Asian football who hold individual records in club, national team and local and continental football like the 33-year-old Mabkhout, who travels to Qatar hoping to break one. The most important records of all time.” ».
Only two players have scored more goals in the Asian Cup than Mabkhout (nine goals), retired Iranian Ali Dae (14 goals) and South Korean Lee Dong-kook (10 goals).
AFC discussed Mabkou's scoring career at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, where he scored 5 goals in that tournament, including the fastest goal in the competition's history after 14 seconds against Bahrain, before he scored 4 new goals. Goals at the 2019 UAE-hosted edition.
The report reviewed Mabkhout's titles during his career, including top scorer for his club Al Jazira, top scorer of the UAE Professional League and top scorer for the national team. A two-time top scorer in the professional league, he is the only national player to win the award, apart from a list of individual titles including top scorer in the Asia Cup in 2015, top scorer in the Gulf Cup twice and top scorer in Asia. Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with 14 goals.
The report also stated that Mabkoud is fourth in the list of players in the world who have scored the most goals for their national teams, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (128 goals), Lionel Messi (106 goals) and Sunil Chhetri with 84 goals. (93) Targets.
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