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Flight Of Iranian Soccer Legend Ali Daei's Family Forced To Return


The flight of Iranian soccer legend Ali Daei's family forced to return. On Monday, authorities in the Islamic Republic prevented the family of a legendary soccerplayer in Iran from leaving the country.

According to the semi-official Tasnim news agency of Iran, a flight that was supposed to depart for Dubai carrying Ali Daei's wife and daughter was forced to turn around and return to Iran. Daei is a member of the opposition who opposes the government.

The Flight Banning

The official news agency IRNA initially reported in an article that it later retracted that they had forbidden his wife and daughter from leaving the country because "they hadn't informed relevant authorities of their decision to leave despite being ordered to do so." This information led to the ban on their travel.

According to IRNA, the flight was given instructions to land on the Iranian island of Kish in the Persian Gulf after taking off from Tehran. There, the family was given instructions to disembark the aircraft. Its initial destination was supposed to be Dubai.

Daei, now 53 years old, is a former captain of the Iranian national soccerteam and was at one time the holder of the record for the most goals scored in international competition. He has been a vocal supporter of the ongoing protests in Iran, which began after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September while she was in the custody of the country's morality police. These protests broke out after Mahsa Amini died.

However, Daei stated in comments that were published by the semi-official ISNA news agency that his wife and daughter were only planning a short visit to Dubai. Tasnim stated that his wife's final destination was the United States, but Daei contradicted this statement.

Daei's wife and daughter are not under arrest. Daei stated that he was unaware that his wife was subject to a travel ban. He said:

No one has given me an answer about this. I really don’t know what the reason for this is.- Ali Daei

Ali Daei Facts

Ali Daei is a former player and manager in Iranian football. Between 2000 and 2006, he captained the Iranian national team and played in the German Bundesliga for Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich, and Hertha Berlin. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest Asian footballers of all time.

Daei, a tall forward, was a prolific goal scorer known for his heading accuracy and aerial ability. He held the world record for most international goals scored with 109 until Cristiano Ronaldobroke it in 2021.

Daei was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador during his playing career in 2001. Following his retirement, Daei served on the FIFAFootballCommittee from 2007 to 2013. He was inducted into the Asian FootballHall of Fame in 2014.

The International Federation of FootballHistory and Statistics (IFFHS) named Daei the world's top scorer in official international competitions in 1996, after he scored 20 goals in competitive matches for Iran, including his famous four-goal haul against South Korea in Asian Cup 1996.

He had 29 goals in 38 appearances for Iran by the end of the 1996 Asian Cup. In the 1998 World Cup qualifying campaign, he scored nine goals in 17 matches for Iran, bringing his total to 38 goals in 52 appearances for his country.

Daei has joined the elite club of playerswith a century of caps. In a 28 November 2003 Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon in Tehran, he scored his 85th international goal, passing Hungarian Ferenc Puskás to top the all-time list of international scorers.

On November 17, 2004, he scored four goals against Laos in a World Cup qualifier, giving him 102 goals and making him the first male player to do so. He has 149 caps for Iran and is ranked 28th in the world's most capped players list as of September 13, 2019.

Daei became the first male footballer with 100 international goals on November 17, 2004, when he scored four times against Laos in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Daei played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup despite criticism; however, the criticism was directed more at his fitness and the inability of younger players to participate in the World Cup. Ali Daei has always defended his position in Team Melli and has denied that he is too old to play for the team, despite Iranian media calling for his retirement.

Daei finished his international career with 109 goals, a record that stood until September 2021, when it was broken by Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Final Words

In order to show his support for the protesters in Iran, Daei skipped the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where one of the 32 competing teams was Iran. In a post that was published on Instagram in September, Daei urged the Iranian government to "instead of repression, violence, and arresting the Iranian people, solve their problems."

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