It has been a few months since Iran booked their place in the upcoming world cup in Russia after they stormed the qualifiers showing the world how much of a dominant force they are. They were named as the first side to join Russia at the worlds biggest footballing competition after they beat Uzbekistan 2-0. The player who was a key figure in the nations world cup success was 22-Year-Old, Sardar Azmoun who scored and assisted in the game against Uzbekistan to become a national hero.
The Iranian has become somewhat of a big game player, scoring key goals for both club and country. As well as scoring in the game against the previously mentioned Uzbekistan, Azmoun scored big goals last season with his former side, Rostov, including one in a 3-2 win over German giants, Bayern Munich. Although his record may not seem to impressive at first glance, Azmoun is a very talented player. Commonly known as ‘the Iranian Ibrahimovic’ the Rubin Kazan forward has the technical ability to play at the highest level.
With his second coming at Rubin Kazan, The striker has not hit the ground running. The Iranian has failed to find the back of the net in any of his first 8 games, assisting just the once, however he has only started 2 games so it would be unfair to write him off already especially with what he is doing internationally. In the world cup qualifiers Azmoun bagged himself 10 goals in just 12 starts for his nation which is a sensational return for the big man who made his senior debut for Iran at just 18, coming off the bench against Montenegro in a 0-0 draw.
Standing at 6’1″ Sardar Azmoun certainly doesn’t conform to the typical target man stereotypes. The Iranian is a very fast player who possess great dribbling ability to get past defence’s and most importantly he is a lethal finisher. Add this to his great ability in the air and you have a scarily good centre forward who would be a valuable asset to many sides across Europes biggest leagues. With 21 goals in just 27 appearances for Iran, The 22-Year-Old is currently placed as Irans 5th all time top scorer and at still such a young age we may be looking at the man who dethrones a legend in Ali Daei from that leading goalscorer spot.
Iran will be going into the upcoming World Cup as dark horses and for very good reasons. After their domination in their world cup qualifiers where they didn’t lose a single game and only conceded 2, which came in the nationals final group game against Syria. With the likes of Milad Mohammadi and Sardar Azmoun in their squad they will definitely make a lasting impression on those who have not previously seen them before. If we do see the former Rostov player of the season playing to the best of his ability then there is no doubt that the big clubs will be battling it out to gain the services of the forward. This obviously isn’t for certain but one thing that is that Azmoun is a huge talent who still at such a young age is already a hero to the people of Iran.