Sunil Chhetri Overtakes Lionel Messi As Second Highest Active International Goalscorer

You may not be too familiar with Sunil Chhetri but you ought to take an interest in him.

The India captain bagged a double in the 4-1 Asian Cup win over Thailand and is now the second highest-active international goalscorer.

Now on 67 goals, he's steered past Lionel Messi and is only behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who has a ridiculous 85 goals for his country.

Back in June, he received his 100th cap for the Indian national team and marked the special occasion by bagging a brace, one of which was the most delicious lob over the goalkeepers' head, in a 3-0 win over Kenya in Mumbai.

Though India is the second biggest country in the world, the rise of football in the nation is still very much a work in progress and Chettri had to make a plea for fans to turn out for his big milestone.

As per the Indian Express, at least 9,000 fans turned out for the big spectacle and the scenes looked pretty spectacular.


Chhetri is a huge star in his native country and has won the AIFF Player of the Year on four occasions.

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