akan Şükür (born 1 September 1971) known by his nick name Kral–literally meaning The King–, or Bull of Bosphorus is a Turkish retired footballer who played as a striker. He spent the majority of his professional career with Galatasaray, being a three-time Gol Kralı (Goal King, title and award given to the annual top goalscorer of the Süper Lig), representing the club in three different spells and winning a total of 14 major titles.
He is the 2nd most capped player of Turkey, represented his country in total of 112 times, scoring 51 goals, making him the nation’s top goalscorer and 19th in the world. One of the most prolific strikers of the modern era, he netted 383 goals throughout his club career as well as the fastest ever in a World Cup, in 2002. He retired from football in 2008, only scoring once in single digits for his main team in 13 seasons; he is renowned for his heading ability.
In the 2011 general elections, he was elected as an Istanbul MP for the Justice and Development Party. He resigned from the party in December 2013, continuing to serve as an independent.
Şükür is of Kosovar Albanian origin. His first wife, Esra Elbirlik, married him in a ceremony broadcast live on television, initiated by prime minister Tansu Çiller and performed by mayor of Istanbul Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The coupled divorced after four months, and she and her family died in the 1999 İzmit earthquake. He fathered three children with his second spouse, Beyda.
On 18 June 2011, Şükür was elected as an Member of Parliament to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in the 2011 general elections, from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), representing the 2nd electoral district of Istanbul Province.
On 16 December 2013 Şükür, known for his links to the Islamic Gülen movement of the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, resigned from his position in protest after the interdiction of the group’s “dershane” system, and decided to continue working as an independent MP. He subsequently went on to work as a football pundit for TBMM.