Ali Daei (pronounced [ʔæliː dɑːjiː]; nicknamed Shahriar [ʃæhrijɑːr], meaning the King; born 21 March 1969) is an Iranian former footballer and coach who currently manages Persepolis in the Iran Pro League. He is the former captain of the Iran national football team, having played for clubs such as Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC, and is the world's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches. From June 2007 til 2013, Daei was a member of the FIFA Football Committee.
Daei was born in Ardabil, Iran and is an Iranian Azerbaijani. Daei graduated from Sharif University of Technology in Materials Engineering (Metallurgical) with a B.Sc. degree. Born in Ardabil, he played for his hometown club, Esteqlal Ardabil, when he was 19. His next club was Taxirani F.C. in Tehran, where he played for one season, before joining another Tehrani club, Bank Tejarat FC. He stayed four years with Bank Tejarat, missing out on a chance to play in the J. League due to military service. Daei's fame is attributed mostly to his renowned goal scoring ability. He managed to score frequently for his clubs, although due to the league schedule at the time he did not play many matches per season. His impressive performance at his club finally got results.