Arabian Gulf Cups
Asian Player of the Year
Iraq's only World Cup goal
Iraqi football championships
Goals in the national team uniform
Fans who enjoyed his athletic performance
In June 2020, Ahmed Radhi, Iraq’s greatest football player, who thrilled millions of Iraqi football fans worldwide, died of COVID-19.
In order to commemorate him, instill his legacy in the next generation, inspire young Iraqis to love sports, and impart in them the values of nationality, partnership, friendship, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we have set up the website, which will provide a place to share, remember, and commemorate the life of Ahmed Radhi.
The website was established by Radhi fans like you and me, and includes articles, video clips, and stories in which fans talk about Radhi and what he meant to them.
The 56-year-old former forward had been hospitalised last week in Baghdad before his condition deteriorated on Sunday.
The former forward, 56, scored 62 goals in 121 appearances for his national team before retiring from international football in 1997
A former Iraqi soccer player has died from coronavirus in Baghdad.
Fans talk about Radhi
Ahmed Radhi was and remains for me and many Iraqis my age a dream come true. A dream of excellence and merit, and an outstanding example. Every time he touched the ball, I felt the great love I had for football, for our national team, and for my dear country. I am truly upset about his untimely death. We have lost a symbol and role model for the Iraqi people.
Ahmed Radhi gave me countless magical moments. The championships with Al-Rasheed, the Arabian Gulf Cup victories with the national team. And of course, the unforgettable goal against Belgium in the1986 World Cup. As someone who loves football so much, I don’t think there ever was nor will there ever be someone like Radhi. An excellent player. An exceptional human being. A symbol. Thank you for the countless magical moments.
I am one of the country’s work weary people, working night and day to provide our families with the most basic living conditions. We do not have many happy moments in life that fill our hearts with pride. However, football is responsible for a significant number of these few moments, particularly our greatest player, Ahmed Radhi, who died prematurely of COVID-19. May we enjoy similar happy moments with those who continue in his path.
I would like to say goodbye to the greatest football legend, Ahmed Radhi, who died and left us mourning and with many memories. If I look back at the history of Iraqi sports in general, and football in particular, there has never been such a role model to young people, and unfortunately, I cannot see anyone replacing him soon.
Ahmed the great.” Radhi the goal scorer. What a player. There never was and never will be a player quite like him. The perfect handling of the ball, his genius view of the game, his extraordinary ability to take advantage of opportunities, the way he rooted for other players on the field. All this and more have made Ahmed Radhi the greatest Iraqi football player of all time.
I will never forget the roars of joy heard from every house when Ahmed Radhi scored the goal against Belgium in the 1986 World Cup. We were so happy. We were so proud. When the ball hit the net, I thought my heart would burst from my chest. There is no doubt that Ahmed Radhi was a source of joy and pride for all Iraqis, young and old, rich and poor, men and women, villagers and city dwellers. We were all filled with joy and pride whenever he took to the pitch and showed us the magic in his feet
A wonderful player, an exceptional human being, a role model in his professional and personal life. One of the proud sons of the Iraqi nation, who was taken by the horrid pandemic. It's hard to believe. I would like to thank the good people who set up this moving commemorative website so we can all together and individually remember Radhi and show that Iraqi football still survives.
The perfect handling of the ball, the magnificent passes, the joyful playing, the many goals scored, they will be sorely missed in the world of Iraqi football. Although Radhi retired years ago, the magical moments he gave me during my childhood will remain in my memory as long as I live. There never was nor will be anyone like him.
I would like to thank all the people who, in no time at all, set up this amazing website in memory of our greatest player, Ahmed Radhi. This is a welcome initiative that will enable anyone who wants to remember the beautiful moments given to us by our greatest football player, to do so for ever. I hope there are many more such initiatives.
I must say that I am very moved. I was shocked to hear the terrible news of Radhi's death, as he was a hero in my eyes and in the eyes of Iraqi society as a whole. I was so glad to see that someone had thought about the wonderful idea to commemorate him in cyberspace, and to make these moving glimpses of the history of our greatest footballer accessible to everyone.
Do you want to take part in preserving Ahmed Radhi's glorious legacy?
You are invited to share with us your memories, stories, photos, or video clips, which symbolize for you the wonderful legacy of Iraq’s greatest football player, Ahmed Radhi.
We would also like to hear any other ideas you may have connected to the website or any other matter, and to join forces to commemorate Radhi and to instill his legacy in the next generation in Iraq.