Hakan Sukur becomes MP for Istanbul

The Turkey and Galatasaray legend has been elected as an MP as part of the ruling AK Party

Former Turkey and Galatasaray star Hakan Sukur has been announced as one of the MPs for Istanbul after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were voted in for a third consecutive term with 47% of the popular votes.

Sukur will represent Istanbul, the city in which he spent the majority of his career, in Turkish parliament after getting the nod from the nation’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sukur, 39, is best remembered for his three spells at Galatasaray, during which he garnered 295 goals from a total of 547 appearances. He also had spells in Italy with Torino, Inter and Parma, and endured one unhappy season in England with Blackburn Rovers.

Sukur retired in 2008, 21 years after his professional debut. He represented his country Turkey 112 times and currently stands as their record scorer with 51 international goals.

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