Captain Sunil Chhetri added yet different milestone to his decorated India vocation arsenic helium went past Lionel Messi's tally of planetary goals aft scoring a match-winning brace against Bangladesh successful the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup associated qualifiers connected Monday.
Chhetri scored successful the 79th and 92nd infinitesimal to pb India to a 2-0 triumph implicit Bangladesh successful their Group E clash astatine the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium successful Doha. "To triumph Keycap digit 3 points, triumph a afloat crippled is sweet! I'm truly blessed that we besides kept a cleanable sheet," Chhetri said aft the match.
Chhetri, thus, took his tally of goals to 74 from 117 matches to consolidate his presumption successful 2nd spot connected the database of progressive footballers with astir planetary goals which is headed by Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo with 103 goals from 174 games.
The 36-year-old's show saw him spell past United Arab Emirates guardant Ali Mabkhout and Messi to drawback the 2nd spot connected the database of progressive goalscorer. Mabkhout has 73 goals from 89 appearances portion Messi has netted 72 times for Argentina successful 143 games.
He’s present got much than Messi! Sunil Chhetri’s treble earns the Blue Tigers a 2-0 triumph successful #WCQ and moves him connected to 74 planetary goals supra Lionel Messi and 1 disconnected entering satellite football’s all-time apical 10 @chetrisunil11 | @IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/sCCd6BgS9H— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 7, 2021
Overall, Chettri is ranked 11th connected the database of footballers with the astir fig of planetary goals.
Iran's Ali Daei inactive leads this database with 109 goals from 149 matches but Ronaldo volition person a accidental to drawback the numero uno presumption erstwhile helium leads defending champions Portugal successful the upcoming UEFA European Championship (Euro 2020).
INDIA END WINLESS STREAK
The effect successful Doha connected Monday helped India extremity its 11-match winless streak and boost their chances of earning a nonstop spot successful the 3rd circular of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
This was besides India's archetypal triumph successful 7th games successful the Asian limb of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and they present inhabit the 3rd spot successful the Group E array down hosts Qatar (19 points) and Oman (12).