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From street football to top FIFA rankings! Another great accomplishment for Ali Ashfaq!

A player from the Maldives was being compared for the first time in history to the top marksmen from the globe. That year, Ashfaq scored 14 international goals, including a ten-goal haul as top-scorer at the 2013 SAFF Championship.

 

In 2013, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) classified the Maldivian star striker Ali Ashfaq the ‘World’s 2nd Best Top Goal Scorer’ of the year. This was a huge revelation for the Maldivians, South Asian football family, and the player himself, Ali Ashfaq.

A player from the Maldives was being compared for the first time in history to the top marksmen from the globe. That year, Ashfaq scored 14 international goals, including a ten-goal haul as top-scorer at the 2013 SAFF Championship.

Taking into account just goals in international and significant continental club competitions, Ashfaq trailed Cristiano Ronaldo by only two, with 23 such goals that year, but were already five goals ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and eight further from Lionel Messi.

In an interview with FIFA.com, Ashfaq stated: “It was indeed one of the best years of my career. To be mentioned in the same breath as those great players was unbelievable for me. It was achieved through hard work by not only me but also the team-mates of the national team as well as New Radiant.”

At the international level, Ashfaq has since scored 53 goals from 80 appearances in an 18-year international career, making him the country’s all-time top-scorer.

Today he is Maldives’ all-time top international scorer with 53 goals. Furthermore, he has scored 14 World Cup qualifying goals in an 18-year international career. He is still in the Men’s national team of Maldives and will support the national team in their Qatar 2022 campaign.

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