Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri has made another big achievement in his name. In the list of active players with the most goals in international football, he has reached the second place, leaving behind the legendary footballer Lionel Messi of Argentina. Chhetri achieved this feat by scoring two goals in the match against Bangladesh in the combined qualifiers tournament of FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023. Portugal’s star player Cristiano Ronaldo is at the first position in this list.
Messi left behind
36-year-old Sunil Chhetri scored both these goals in the second half of the match. He opened the team’s account by scoring a goal in the 79th minute of the first game. With this, his number of goals at the international level increased to 73 and he overtook Messi (72 goals). In the last moments of the game, scoring the second goal during extra time ensured the victory of the team. Among the active players in international football, Chhetri (74 goals) now has the most goals after Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (103).
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 pic.twitter.com/kzpgCQbXEp— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) June 7, 2021
All India Football Federation President Praful Patel congratulated Sunil Chhetri on this achievement and said, “Our football team captain Sunil Chhetri has registered yet another achievement in his name. Most active players in international football. In the list, he has overtaken Argentina’s legendary footballer Lionel Messi to reach the second place. Many congratulations to him for this achievement. He will make more such records in the future, it is our best wishes.”
Chhetri is close to making it to the top-10 list of all-time
Chhetri has reached the 11th position in the all-time list of players with the most goals in international football. There are three players ahead of him at number 10, including Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis, Japan’s Kunishige Kamamoto and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah with 75 goals each.