Saudi Soccer Player Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Leads World Cup Qualification As Top Goal Scorer

Mohammad Al-Sahlawi

Saudi Arabian striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi tied for top scorer in FIFA World Cup qualification with 16 goals, alongside Robert Lewandowski of Poland and Ahmed Khalil of the United Arab Emirates.

Mohammad Al-Sahlawi’s 16 goals means that he scored more goals than the following World Cup qualifying teams — Tunisia (15 goals), Senegal (15 goals), Nigeria (14 goals), Morocco (13), or Egypt (12 goals).

Biography of Mohammad Al-Sahlawi

As a youth, Al-Sahlawi played for Al-Qadsiyah Football Club from 2003 to 2005. Al-Sahlawi joined the Al-Nassr Football Club in 2009. In his first season with Al-Nassr, Al-Sahlawi scored 21 goals in 36 matches and received the Young Player of the Year award from STC.

Al-Sahlawi has represented Saudi Arabia on the U-20 and U-23 teams. During qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Al-Sahlawi scored once in Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 victory over Hong Kong.

In a 2015 interview with, Al-Sahlawi reminisced about past Saudi appearances in the World Cup and how they influenced his love of soccer. “I still remember Saeed Al-Owairan’s goal against Belgium and Fahad Al-Ghesheyan’s goal against Sweden in 1994,” he said. “It was a historic performance for Saudi Arabia, and they played in the next three World Cups as well, in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Since then, we’ve not managed to make it, but I hope that I and my team-mates can achieve that dream.”

Mohammad Al-Sahlawi’s 16 Goals

During 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored the following goals:

Two goals against Palestine in Saudi Arabia’s 3-2 victory at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium in Damman on June 11, 2015.

Three goals against Timor-Leste in Saudi Arabia’s 7-0 victory at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on September 3, 2015.

One goal against Malaysia in Saudi Arabia’s victory at Shah Alam Stadium in Shah Alam, Malaysia on September 8, 2015. The match ended in a forfeit when Malaysian fans threw flares and fireworks on the pitch.

Two goals against the United Arab Emirates in Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 victory at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah on October 8, 2015.

Five goals against Timor-Leste in Saudi Arabia’s 10-0 victory at National Stadium in Dili, East Timor on November 17, 2015.

One goal against Malaysia in Saudi Arabia’s 2-0 victory at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on March 24, 2016.

One goal against Thailand in Saudi Arabia’s 3-0 victory at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on March 23, 2017.

One goal against Australia in Saudi Arabia’s 2-3 loss at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia on June 8, 2017.