Indian Footballer Sunil Chhetri beats Lionel Messi to emerge as second-highest goal scorer

Tue Jun 08 2021 13:47:53 GMT+0530 (IST)

India emerged victorious in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Monday night against Bangladesh, thanks to Indian Football captain Sunil Chhetri's two goals in the preliminary match. India claimed victory in the qualifiers in six years.

With his two goals in the crucial match, Sunil Chhetri became the second-highest goal scorer in the international arena with 74 goals. He had surpassed Argentina's celebrated player Lionel Messi in this process.

The Indian team captain is on the verge of making it to the elite list of world football's all-time top-10. He is just one goal away from entering the list. Chhetri is only next to Hungary's Sandor Kocsis, Japan's Kunishige Kamamoto, and Kuwait's Bashar Abdullah.

After the captain led the team towards the victory and became the second-highest goal-scorer, social media was flooded with congratulatory messages to appreciate his heroics on the ground.

India's win against Bangladesh is a memorable one. India's Football team tasted victory in World Cup qualifiers away from India in nearly two decades.

Sunil Chhetri, who leads the Indian national football team, also captains Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League tournament.