With the magician’s celebration… Akram Afif enters the history of the Asian Cup in different ways! (video)

With the magician’s celebration… Akram Afif enters the history of the Asian Cup in different ways! (video)

Perhaps the talk of all the international media on Saturday will be Akram Afif, the star of the Qatar national team, after he scored three “hat-trick” goals in Al-Anabi’s victory over Jordan and crowned the Asian Cup for the second time in a row.

By scoring the hat-trick, Afif won the title of top scorer in the 2023 Asian Cup, ahead of Iraqi Ayman Hussein, after he scored 8 goals, compared to only 6 for the Al-Rafidain Lions star.

At the same time, Afif became the first player in the history of Asia to score a “hat-trick” in the final match, after the best achievement was recorded by Faisal Al-Dakhil in the Kuwait-South Korea 1980 final (two goals).

At the same time, Afif became the player who scored the most in the Asian Cup final with 4 goals, as he scored a goal in the 2019 final against Japan, then three goals against Jordan in the 2023 final.

The 27-year-old rose to third place in the Asian Cup’s all-time top scorers, by reaching the tenth goal, equal to South Korean legend Lee Dong-guk, and 4 goals behind Iranian Ali Daei.

The reference remains to the distinctive and historic celebration that Afif gave after scoring the first two penalty kicks, in the “magician” style, which you can watch below.

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