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.
If you have messi, CR7, we have Sunil Chhetri and we are no less proud :heart:- Sayan (@Tweets_by_Sayan) January 6, 2019
67 international goals & counting. With his brace today against Thailand, he led India to its first #AFCAsianCup win in 55 years. Captain-Leader-Legend #THAIND #BackTheBlue #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/gCh0d5pMKY
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.
India Beat Kenya 3-0. Look at this Crowd on Legendary Chhetri's Goal. @chetrisunil11 this is just the beginning. Thank you for making us realize what we were missing. The efforts of our Indian Football Team won't go futile. pic.twitter.com/6991AaARuf- Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) June 4, 2018
Chhetri is a huge star in his native country and has won the AIFF Player of the Year on four occasions.