Reports said Daei had surgery for head injuries
Iran's coach Ali Daei watches his team play a 2011 Asian Cup qualifier against Thailand in Bangkok in 2009. Asian football chiefs have offered their "thoughts and prayers" after football great Daei was reported to have been involved in a serious car accident. © Pornchai Kittiwongsakul - AFP/File
Reports said Daei had surgery for head injuries
Last updated: March 18, 2012

Iran football great Daei seriously hurt in car crash

Asian football chiefs offered their "thoughts and prayers" to Ali Daei on Sunday after the Iranian legend was injured in a car accident.

Despite early media reports that the former Bayern Munich player had been "critically injured", Iranian state TV said that the player only suffered a head injury but had no fractures.

He was pictured speaking from his hospital bed in the city of Isfahan where he had been attending a match in his capacity as manager of Iranian club Rah Ahan.

A statement from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said: "The AFC wishes Iranian legend Ali Daei, who was involved in a car accident on Saturday, a speedy and full recovery.

"We stand ready to assist Daei, who is a true icon of Asian football. Our thoughts and prayers are with him."

The 42-year-old Daei is credited with being the world's top goal scorer in international matches. He scored 109 goals in 149 international games.

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