Former Syrian footballer Firas al-Khateeb achieved first place in the Arab nation and 19th in the world on the list of top scorers from 2001 to 2020 on the list published by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
Al-Khateeb became the first Arab and 19th in the world after scoring 344 goals in the aforementioned period, followed by Kuweiti Badr al-Mutawea who was the second Arab and 27th in the world to score 322 goals.
Al-Khateeb scored 36 goals until his retirement at the end of 2019 in 72 international matches, and is considered the first Asian player and seventh player in the world to participate in 6 qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup with the Syrian national football team.
Scorer al-Khateeb is the first Syrian player to register in four of these qualifiers while participating in the World Cup in the years 2002-2006-2010-2014-2018-2022.
Al-Khateeb’s journey in the football world began with the al-Karama team to begin his professional career in 2002.
IFFHS is an organization similar to VIVI, located in the German city of Leipzig that works to record football statistics and provides accurate information on the list of world scorers, the best game maker, the most famous player, with the issuance of a monthly ranking of teams worldwide.
Written by Baraa Ali / Mazen Eyon