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Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi has died of a respiratory illness caused by the virus COVID -19.

Ahmed Radhi, 56, was taken to hospital last week in Baghdad, following the death of his wife. From the test were COVID-19. The Iraqi health ministry has confirmed that Ahmed Radhi died on Sunday morning.


Ahmed Radhi is considered one of Iraq's most famous football heroes. He joined the national team from 1982 until 1997, making 121 appearances, scoring 62 goals. A striker.

He was the only Iraqi player to score a single goal at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico vs. Belgium.

He also led the Iraqi national team to victory in the Arabian Gulf Cup in 1984 and 1988. He also won the Asian Footballer of the Year award. (Taken from Aljazeera)