Top 5 scorers in AFC Asian Cup of Tournament History: The top tournament, the AFC Asian Cup is set to begin on January 12. The final match of the tournament will take place on February 10. Moreover, the match will be taking place in Qatar. Many teams are competing with each other to win the match and take home the trophy.
But, before going to watch the matches, let’s talk about the top scorers in history. Ali Daei is the only person to score 14 goals in the AFC Asian Cup. He was famous for scoring 8 goals in one edition. Moreover, most of the top scorers are Asians. So, let’s read more about them.
Top 5 scorers in AFC Asian Cup of Tournament History
The official fixture schedule for the 18th season of Asia’s crown jewel has been released by the AFC and the Local Organising Committee (LOC), following a glamorous ceremony at the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023TM Final Draw earlier today. So, let’s read more about the top scorers in the history:
5) Almoez Ali
He had a key role in Qatar’s Asian Cup victory in 2019. After scoring nine goals, he surpassed the record for most goals scored in a single tournament. Despite his youth, Ali has scored 29 goals for Qatar and will have more chances to increase his total.
Ali has created a lasting legacy as the all-time top goal scorer in Qatar with 51 goals. His achievement of becoming the top scorer in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with nine goals set a record for the most scores in a single edition and helped Qatar win their first continental championship.
|Almoez Ali Zainalabedeen Mohamed Abdulla
|19 August 1996
|Qatar national football team
4) Ali Mabkhout
Mabkhout, who came up through the junior system, debuted in 2009 with Al Jazira’s first squad. He was born in Abu Dhabi and his date of birth is October 5, 1990. He made his debut in a friendly game against the Czech Republic in 2009 and has been a member of the UAE national team since 2012.
He is among the best scorers and he has scored 9 goals till now. This is one of the highest goals he has scored. Mabkhout weighs 71 kg and stands 1.77 meters tall. He is said to as a “one-club man” who keeps setting records, such as the all-time top scorer title in the domestic league.
|Ali Ahmed Mabkhout Mohsen Al Hajeri
|5 October 1990
|United Arab Emirates national football team
3) Naohiro Takahara
Former football player and Japanese manager Naohiro Takahara is from Japan. He is 1.81 meters tall and was born on June 4, 1979. At the moment, he serves as Okinawa SV’s president and manager. Takahara was a center forward for the national team of Japan. He became the first player from Japan to record a hat-trick for Eintracht in December of 2006.
Takahara had an outstanding showing during the 2007 Asian Cup, finishing as the top scorer. In the opening game, he scored against Qatar, with whom Japan drew 1-1. In the following game, Japan defeated the United Arab Emirates, and Takahara gave coach Ivica Osim great pleasure with two goals. He has scored 9 goals in the Asian AFC Cup.
|4 June 1979
2) Lee Dong-gook
Former South Korean professional football player Lee Dong-gook was a striker. He had brief stints in Europe with Werder Bremen and Middlesbrough, and he holds the scoring record in the K League 1. He also participated in two FIFA World Cups and three AFC Asian Cups as a member of the South Korean football team.
He has scored around 10 goals in the AFC Asian Cup and is in the second-highest position. Lee was chosen to play for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a reserve striker. In the round of 16, he replaced Uruguay as a replacement and was given an important chance by Park Ji-sung.
|29 April 1979
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
1) Ali Daei
Iranian-born Ali Daei is a manager of football who was formerly a professional player.
From 2000 until 2006, Daei captained the Iranian national team while serving as a striker. Daei is renowned for his precision in heading skills. At 108 goals, he held the record for most goals scored by an international player in history until Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed it in 2021.
Daei is regarded as one of the all-time best Asian football players. Daei is referred to as the “Shariar” and is regarded as the most accomplished football player from Iran. He was regarded as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. He has scored the most goals in the AFC Asian Cup history which is 14 and is at the top position.
|21 March 1969