Sunil Chhetri breaks Lionel Messi’s record with brace against Bangladesh

Sunil Chhetri breaks Lionel Messi’s record with brace against Bangladesh Sunil Chhetri in action against Bangladesh in the FIFA 2022 WC Qualifiers Credits: Sunil Chhetri Twitter

New Delhi: Indian footballers Sunil Chhetri on Tuesday (June 8) went past the tally of Lionel Messi to become the second-highest active international goal scorer in international football. Chhetri achieved the feat in a qualifying match for the 2020 FIFA World Cup against Bangaldesh in which he scored a brace.

Chhetri is now only behind Portugese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who has 103 goals to his name in the list of active international goalscorers.

He is now one goal away from entering the top 10 international goal scorer of all time.

The 36-year-old is behind Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis, Japan’s Kunishige Kamamoto, and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah who all have 75 strikes to their name.

However, Lionel Messiu has the chance to overtake Chhetri when the Copa America tournament began from June 11.

Praful Patel, President of the All India Football Federation congratulatred Chhetri for the record.

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.”

In another tweet, he said, “Congratulations #BlueTigers on an awesome win over Bangladesh today & fabulous performance by skipper @chetrisunil11 who lead from the front & paved the path to victory. Your hard work & determination was visible on the field. Wishing you all the very best in the upcoming game!.”

This is India’s first win in World Cup Qualifiers for the past 20 years away from home.

India will next lock horns against Afghanistan in the qualifiers on June 15.

The side is already out of contention to qualify for World Cup 2022, but the Blue Tigers can still can make it to the Asian Cup in China.

With inputs from PTI

For the latest News, Breaking News, Top News, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and YouTube