Sunil Chhetri overtakes Lionel Messi to become second-highest active goalscorer
New Delhi/IBNS/UNI: India's iconic footballer Sunil Chhetri on Monday overtook Argentina's Lionel Messi to become the second-highest active international goalscorer.
With double goals against Bangladesh in the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, Chhetri's tally has further improved to 74, just behind Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 103 goals under his belt.
🤩 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
Messi scored his 72nd goal against Chile on Thursday.
India rode on a Sunil Chhetri brace to beat Bangladesh 2-0 in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 preliminary joint qualification round at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, here on Monday.
With their first victory in 11 matches, the Blue Tigers now have six points from seven matches in Group E and kept their hopes alive of guaranteeing an automatic berth in the third round of the AFC 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
India will next play Afghanistan in their last group league match on Jun 15.