Indian football maestro Sunil Chhetri surpasses Argentina’s Lionel Messi to become the second-highest international goal-scorer. Scoring 74 strikes, Chhetri supremely accelerated his career.
The 36-year old scored it at a match against Bangladesh during the joint preliminary qualifiers round for 2022 FIFA World Cup snd 2023 AFC Asian Cup.
Chhetri had lead India to win in six years in World Cup qualifiers, and now queues behind Portugal’s Chritiano Ronaldo in the scorer’s list. Ronaldo has 103 goals in his list. Chhetri now sits atop UAE’s Ali Mabkhout, third on the list with 73 goals.
Messi’s 72nd goal was scored in a World Cup qualifier against Chile last Thursday. Meanwhile, Mabkhout’s was scored against Malaysia.
The Indian Football captain is just a goal away from entering the all-time top 10 league of Indian Football. He is preceeded by Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis, Japan’s Kunishige Kamamoto, and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah, all having 75 goals.
India Football Federation’s (AIFF) president Praful Patel applauded the captain for his achievement.
“Our @IndianFootball skipper Sunil Chhetri adds another feather to his illustrious cap as he overtook Lionel Messi to become the second-highest active international goalscorer with 74 goals. A big congratulations to Captain Fantastic & wishing him many more accolades in the future,” Patel tweeted.
The Indian Team was also lauded by him for conceiving a win udner Chhetri’s captaincy.