KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 ― Malaysians woke up to a lovely surprise when they turned on their electronic devices to see football legend Mokhtar Dahari celebrated in today’s Google doodle.
The late football star, fondly known as SuperMokh, would have been 61 today.
He was one of Asia's best players in the 1970s and the greatest Malaysian footballer of all time.
For those of you who are too young to remember, Mokhtar Dahari was a local boy from Setapak (at that time under Selangor) who made the national football team a force to be reckoned with, beating other Asian giants including Japan and South Korea at the time.
One of the highlights of his career included playing a friendly game with international football team Boca Juniors which featured the legendary Diego Maradona.
Throughout his career, SuperMokh scored 175 goals for Selangor, 20 goals in 13 appearances for Kwong Yik Bank, and 125 goals for Malaysia, making a total of 320 goals in his career, a record that has given him the title of top scorer for Selangor and Malaysia.
SuperMokh retired in May 1986 after winning the Malaysian Cup for Selangor, passing on his number 10 jersey to the Raja Muda Selangor and taking on the role of a coach before his death in 1991.