Today 13 November 2014 Google Malaysia is celebrating the soccer star Mokhtar Dahari’s life and legacy. Mokhtar Dahari was born in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 13th of November 1953. He died on the 11th of July 1991 at the age of 37.
He was nicknamed SuperMokh because of his incredible football skills, his strength and his ability to score many unbelievable goals throughout his football career. One of Mokhtar Dahari most famous moment was when Mokhtar shook hands with Diego Maradona before a friendly game with Boca Juniors. Although not recognized internationally, Mokhtar Dahari scored 175 goals for Selangor, 20 goals in 13 appearance for Kwong Yik Bank, and 125 goals for Malaysia, giving a total of 320 goals in his career. Mokhtar Dahari is the all-time top scorer for both Selangor and Malaysia. Mokhtar Dahari is still known as a legend for Selangor and Malaysia.
Mokhtar Dahari Soccer Google Doodle
The Mokhtar Dahari Google Doodle features a banner of Mokhtar Dahari in his black and yellow number 10 Soccer Jersey inside a soccer stadium. Although it doesn’t show it the Google words can easily be confused for Goal if one looks quickly at the doodle, and with the soccer stadium and Mokhtar Dahari in its context.
Mokhtar Dahari began having throat problems and went to the hospital to find out what the problem was. Doctors diagnosed him as having motor neurone disease (MND). His condition was told only to Mokhtar Dahari and his wife. Mokhtar Dahari went to London with his wife in an attempt to cure his condition.
After 3 years battling the disease, Mokhtar Dahari died at Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) on 11 July 1991. The press reported Mokhtar Dahari suffered from muscular dystrophy and this caused his subsequent death.
His story and the cause of his death was later revealed for the first time in a documentary The Untold Truth About Supermokh, on The National Geographic Channel on 30 August 2010, featuring Mokhtar Dahari’s friends and family.
His body was laid to rest at Taman Keramat Permai Muslim Cemetery, Bukit Permai, Cheras, Selangor.