Indian football team: Sunil Chhetri becomes the 5th top scorer in international football history

Indian men’s football team captain Sunil Chhetri has become the fifth-highest goalscorer in international football history.

Chhetri achieved the feat in their AFC Asian Cup qualifying clash against Hong Kong on Tuesday, where he scored his 84th goal. He has now equaled legendary Real Madrid and Hungarian player Ferenc Puskas in scoring exploits at international level.

Earlier in October 2021, Chhetri also surpassed legendary football player Pelé’s record of 77 goals. He is now third on the list of active international goalscorers, just behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

Currently, Ronaldo is the top scorer in international football with 117 goals, while Messi is in fourth place with a total of 86 goals.

Heading into the clash against Hong Kong, India ended their 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers campaign in style at VYBK Stadium, Kolkata by claiming a massive 4-0 win over Hong Kong in the last match of Group D. Anwar Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh and Ishan Pandita were the scorers for Blue Tigers.

It was the Indian side’s third consecutive victory in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Previously, they had defeated Cambodia and Afghanistan.

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