Sunil Chhetri Surpasses Lionel Messi’s Tally Of International Goals
Sunil Chhetri surpasses Lionel Messi, one goal away from historic feat
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri has added another feather to his cap. He has surpassed Argentina’s Lionel Messi to become the second-highest active international goal-scorer with 74 strikes. Chhetri achieved this feat after he scored a brace against Bangladesh. This was during the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium at Al Sadd Club in Doha.
🤩 He’s now got more than Messi! Sunil Chhetri’s double earns the Blue Tigers a 2-0 win in #WCQ and moves him on to 74 international goals – above Lionel Messi and one off entering world football’s all-time top 10 🧗♂️@chetrisunil11 | @IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/sCCd6BgS9H
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 7, 2021
Sunil Chhetri the seasoned striker, now stands only behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (103) in the active international goal-scorers list. UAE’s Ali Mabkhout is third on the list having scored 73 goals.
All India Football Federation President Praful Patel congratulated Chhetri for becoming the second-highest active international goalscorer.
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
Abhishek Bachchan also congratulated the footballer on Twitter. He wrote, Congratulations @chetrisunil11True Indian legend!! Well done cap.
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) June 8, 2021
Chhetri’s win meant India register their first win in six years in World Cup qualifiers. It was also India’s first victory in World Cup qualifiers away from home in 20 years. With this win, India rose to the third spot in Group E with six points from seven games.
India will next lock horns against Afghanistan in the Qualifiers on June 15.