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You may not be too familiar with Sunil Chettri but you ought to take an interest in him. This week, 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
Credit: Sunil Chhetri
As per the Indian Express, at least 9,000 fans turned out for the big spectacle and the scenes looked pretty spectacular.
Amazing atmosphere at the stadium yesterday! @chetrisunil11 as always stole the show. Onto the finals now. #INDvKEN #IndianFootball #IntercontinentalCup2018 pic.twitter.com/rSHEVnPtgx
- Rashmit Poonja (@RashGooner49) June 5, 2018
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
Rain. Madness. Pure love! @IndianFootball @chetrisunil11 *bows* pic.twitter.com/aMB2ZXJ1zk
- N (@navdhad) June 4, 2018
The skipper and the face of the Indian football, Chettri has now scored 61 goals in 100 games for his country - giving him an average goals per match ratio of 0.61.
.@chetrisunil11 came up with a double on a special night for the @IndianFootball team skipper, that saw the Blue Tigers run away with the win over Kenya!#BackTheBlue #INDvKEN #Chhetri100 pic.twitter.com/PzXEN1njzE
- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) June 4, 2018
It's an incredible record and it gets even better when you see the names he's rubbing shoulders with. With his recent double, he's now the third-highest active international goalscorer.
The 33-year old has netted two more than David Villa and is only behind the footballing titans that are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, which is seriously impressive even if he's playing against lesser opposition.
Commenting on his landmark after the game he said he could never have dreamt of achieving such a feat.
"It is something which is beyond my dream and I cannot tell you how happy and honoured I am. Only second player in the history of the country, it's unbelievable," he said.
Keep doing your thing, Sunil.
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