Meet Ghayas Zahid – The first Pakistani to play against Real Madrid


Meet Ghayas Zahir, a football player who plays for APOEL (Athletikos Podosferikos Omilos Ellinon Lefkosias) which is a Greek football club based in Nicosia, Cyprus. The club’s rival is Omonia and the matches between the two are referred as Nicosia Derby.

He was born on 8 September 1993 ( age 23) in Oslo. He is of Pakistani descent.

Everyone knows Zayn Malik because of his beautiful voice and him being a former band member of the famous One Direction.

But Zayn isn’t the only one with talent.

Ghayas has shown great talent in football.

Source: cdn.tv2

He made is the first debut in Aug 2012 for the Valerenga against Odd and won the match by 3-1.

He later played for the Adeccolegaen club “Kisa” or otherwise known as “Ullensaker” in 2013.

On 31 may 2017 it was announced that APOEL bought him for a four-year contract for a transfer fee which wasn’t disclosed from Valerenga.

Recently, APOEL had a match against Real Madrid.

The match was won By Real Madrid by 3-0. Two goals were made by Christian Ronaldo and one by Sergio Ramos.

Ghayas is the first Football player of Pakistani descent to have played against Real Madrid and also the first one to have played in Santiago Bernabe├║ stadium.


The match was exciting as four shots were made by APOEL and 27 by Real Madrid. A yellow card was given to RM and 3 were given to APOEL.

There were 4 offsides by both teams, 1 corner by APOEL and 9 corners by Madrid.

There were 12 fouls made by Real Madrid and 10 by APOEL.  6 shots by Madrid were on target and only one by APOEL.

But because of RM’s great defence, they won. However, Ghayas Zahid came into view as a great player and the first Pakistani to face Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium which is a great encouragement Pakistani youngsters who are looking forward to playing football.

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