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Sunil Chhetri surpasses Leo Messi; becomes 2nd highest international goalscorer

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri, has surpassed Lionel Messi to become the second-highest active international goal-scorer with 74 goals.

Sunil Chhetri scored a brace, in the 79th and 92nd minutes, against Bangladesh in Doha during India’s World Cup qualifier match. With two goals in the match, Chhetri has now scored a total of 74 international goals, two more than Messi, and is only behind Cristiano Ronaldo who has 103 strikes in the list of active footballers with the most international goals. Ali Mabkhout of UAE is third on the list with 73 goals after scoring against Malaysia last week. On the other hand, Messi scored his 72nd international goal against Chile recently.

Chhetri shared a video on Indian Football Team Twitter handle where he said,

“You know, I don’t (on being asked is he counting on a number of goals). Once I’m done in ten years we will talk about all my goals.”

Chhetri also moved up in the men’s all-time list of international goalscorers. Presently he is ranked 11th, standing behind  Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis, Japan’s Kunishige Kamamoto, and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah, who all have 75 goals.

Delighted with Chhetri’s record, All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel tweeted,

“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.”

With Sunil Chhetri’s record, India registered their first win in this season’s World Cup qualifying campaign. It was also India’s first victory in World Cup qualifiers away from home in 20 years. With the win, India rose to the third spot in Group E with six points from seven games.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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