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FIFA to honor Iran's Ali Daei, world's top goals scorer

Tehran, Dec 12, IRNA -- World football's governing body, FIFA, plans to pay a tribute to Iranian skipper and best international goals scorer Ali Daei, said the country's federation here Saturday.


Daei was hailed worldwide for bringing his already world's best record to 102 international goals as he hit four in 2006 World Cup qualifier against Laos in mid-November.

The 35-year-old wrote history in his 133rd cap by scoring the 100th goal in 7-0 rout of Laos, outnumbering the previous records of two international football legends, Hungary's Ferenc Puskas with 84 goals and Brazil's Pele with 77 goals.

The prolific striker played between 1997 and 2002 for the three German Bundesliga clubs of Arminia Bielefeld, Hertha Berlin, and record champ Bayern Munich.

The international body will honor the veteran striker on December 20 when the World Player of the Year 2004 is named.

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