Ahmed Radhi Amaiesh Al-Salehi (Arabic: أحمد راضي هميش الصالحي, born on 21 March 1964 in Baghdad, Iraq, but originally from Basra) is a former Iraqi footballer who played as a forward. Widely regarded[by whom?] as Iraq's best player of all-time, Radhi scored the only Iraqi goal in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, a low shot to the corner of the net against Belgium in the 2–1 defeat. He was voted the 1988 Asian Footballer of the Year.
|Full name||Ahmed Radhi Amaiesh Al-Salihi|
|Date of birth||21 March 1964|
|Place of birth||Baghdad, Iraq|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ahmed Radhi was perhaps one of the most outstanding Iraqi goalscorers of his generation.
He was a striker capable of scoring any kind of goal whether a volley from 35 yards, a free-kick or an easy tap-in. He starred at the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico, scoring Iraq’s first & only goal in the World Cup in a 2–1 defeat against Belgium, he was also denied a goal in Iraq’s first World Cup game against Paraguay when the referee blew his whistle a split-second before his header crossed the line.
After the finals, his club Al-Rasheed were offered $1m by Uruguayan giants Peñarol for their star player, but it was quickly rejected. With Al-Rasheed, he won 3 Iraqi league and two cup titles and a record three Arab Club Championships.
With Iraq he won 2 Arab Cups, 1 Pan-Arab Games & a Gulf Cup, while he also represented Iraq in the Olympics in 1988. In 1988, was voted Asian player of the year and 9th best Asian player of the century in 1999.
Radhi's international career came to a bitter end in 1997; when he failed to save Iraq from a shocking first-round elimination in the 1998 World Cup Asian qualifiers. Two years later, Radhi ended his career as a footballer in 1999, after he led local side Al-Zawra'a to another league title. He became manager of Al-Shorta and led them to win the Iraqi Elite Cup in 2000 by beating his former club Al-Zawraa in the final. He had the opportunity to sign Younis Mahmoud for Al-Shorta but he turned him down after he had a trial. He also managed Al-Zawraa from 2002 to 2003.
- Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.
- Iraqi League (3): 1987, 1988, 1989
- Iraqi Cup (2): 1987, 1988
- Arab Cup (3): 1985, 1986, 1987
- Iraqi League (2): 1991, 1999
- Iraqi Cup (4): 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999
- Iraqi Elite Cup (1): 1991
- Asian Games (1): 1982
- Gulf Cup (2): 1984, 1988
- Arab Games (1): 1985
- Arab Cup (1): 1988
- Chosen in the Asia's Top 10 Players of the Century list by IFFHS.
- Asian Footballer of the Year 1988
- Top scorer of the 1988 Arab Nations Cup in 1988
- Top scorer of the Iraq Super League in 1986 and 1992
- Top scorer of the Qatari League in 1994
- 2000 Iraqi Elite Cup: Winners
- Hassanin Mubarak. "Player Database". iraqsport.com. Archived from the original on April 21, 2003.
- Soccer star joins parliament, San Diego Union Tribune, 2007-10-05, accessed on 2008-01-06
- "Ahmed Radhi- Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
- "Asia All Time best player". teammelli.com. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
| Iraq captain
1993 – 1996
| Qatari League top scorers
Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi
| Asian Footballer of the Year
| Arab Nations Cup top scorers
Abandoned due to War
| Iraq Super League top scorers