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Uncrowned King: Metin Oktay!
Metin Oktay was a Turkish footballer and one of the most successful goal scorers in Turkey!
Metin was born on 2 February 1936, in İzmir. He started his football career when he was 15 years old. A little bit later, he did his debut on the Turkish Young National Football Team. He played against Belgium, and he scored two goals! That is a great start for him!
In 1955, Metin Oktay signed a five-year contract with Galatasaray in exchange for a Chevrolet car. Despite his age, he was the top scorer in his first season in the League!
Metin Oktay stayed with Gala until 1969. He was the most crowned top goalscorer in the Turkish League and set a record with 217 goals in total! Besides his skills, he was a role model for everyone! He was very loyal to Gala, in 1960 Izmirspor made an irrefutable offer for him, if he accepted the offer he would gain four times more then he gains in Gala. His wife put a strain on him to accept to offer. But he rejected it! This decision led to a divorce with his wife, but he said that “I married with Gala!”. In 1965, on the “Taçsız Kral” movie, he played as himself. Taçsız Kral means “King without a crown”. Metin Oktay ended his professional career in 1969. His last match was against Gala’s biggest rival, Fenerbahçe. Fenerbahçe’s chairman Eşref Aydın wants a favor from Oktay, and He said that “Fenerbahçe and fans were always a big fan of you before you ended your career can you wear Fenerbahçe jersey for 10 minutes?”. And Metin Oktay said that “I’d be honored!”
After his last match, he never gets away from football. In 1975 he was the coach for Bursaspor. He worked in newspapers in Turkey as a sports editor.
Metin Oktay died on 13 September 1991 in a car accident. But his legacy is still alive! Turkish comics artist Abdullah Turhan once made a comic strip about Metin Oktay.
Every year on 13 September, Galatasaray players and supporters pay homage to the “Uncrowned King” at his grave in İstanbul.
Galatasaray’s sports complex and training facility, the Metin Oktay Sports Complex, and Training center located in İstanbul is named after him.