Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri has risen to the second place in the list of top international scorers among the currently active footballers.
Chhetri, 37, scored the two goals of India’s victory over Bangladesh during the match between the two teams on Monday, in the seventh round of Group E in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Nations Cup.
With this duality, Chhetri raised his score to 74 international goals, to rise to the rank of runner-up in the list of the best international scorers among active footballers, leaving the third place for the Emirati star Ali Mabkhout (73 goals), and the fourth for the Argentine Lionel Messi, who has 72 goals. internationally.
India’s Sunil Chhetri surpasses Lionel Messi to become the second highest international goal scorer among active men’s players ⚽️🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/jJwEiZdYwz
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 8, 2021
Chhetri is still very far from the top of the list, Juventus star, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 103 goals.
The International Football Association (FIFA) interacted with the achievement of the Indian football legend, as he posted on his account dedicated to covering the news of the World Cup on Twitter, a video of Chhetri celebrating his achievement and receiving congratulations after the end of the India-Bangladesh match. Chhetri) is now more (international goals) than Messi! Sunil Chhetri’s double gives the Blue Tiger (India) a 2-0 victory in the Qatar World Cup qualifiers, and makes Chhetri raise his score to 74 international goals, overtaking Lionel Messi.”
It should be noted that the retired Iranian star, Ali Daei, is the one who generally leads (among current and retired players) the list of the best scorers in the history of football at the international level with 109 goals, and is only six goals ahead of Ronaldo.
It is likely that Ronaldo will succeed in breaking Daei’s number or at least its equivalent this year, given that the “Don” is about to play a group of matches with his country, including at least 3 matches in the European Nations Cup, which begins next Friday, and some matches. In the European qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar.
Source: FIFA + ESP