Indian soccer talisman Sunil Chhetri has surpassed Argentina’s international celebrity Lionel Messi to develop into the second-highest energetic worldwide goal-scorer with 74 strikes, including one other feather to his illustrious profession.
The 36-year-old Chhetri achieved the staggering feat along with his brace towards towards Bangladesh within the joint preliminary qualifying spherical match for 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup right here on Monday night time.
The seasoned striker, who helped India register their first win in six years in World Cup qualifiers, now stands solely behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (103) within the energetic worldwide goal-scorer checklist.
Chhetri leads Barcelona star Messi by two targets and sits a spot above Ali Mabkhout of the UAE, who’s third on the checklist with 73 strikes to his title.
Messi scored his 72nd worldwide aim in a World Cup qualifier towards Chile final Thursday, whereas Mabkhout added to his tally towards Malaysia, additionally final week.
On the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Monday, Chhetri broke the impasse within the 79th minute when he headed in Ashique Kuruniyan’s cross from the left, after which sealed the victory by curling in a shot from lengthy vary in added time.
The India captain can be simply aim away from coming into world soccer’s all-time top-10. He’s behind Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis, Japan’s Kunishige Kamamoto, and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah, who all have 75 targets.
Delighted with the group’s victory and Chhetri’s file, All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel lauded the captain for main from the entrance.
“Our @IndianFootball skipper Sunil Chhetri provides one other feather to his illustrious cap as he overtook Lionel Messi to develop into the second-highest energetic worldwide goalscorer with 74 targets.
“An enormous congratulations to Captain Improbable & wishing him many extra accolades sooner or later,” Patel tweeted.
The AIFF boss additionally praised the group on the convincing win that was constructed on Chhetri’s brilliance.
“Congratulations #BlueTigers on an superior win over Bangladesh right this moment & fabulous efficiency by skipper @chetrisunil11 who lead from the entrance & paved the trail to victory.
“Your onerous work & willpower was seen on the sphere. Wishing you all the perfect within the upcoming sport!”
Chhetri’s twin strikes meant India registered their first win in what was turning out to be a forgettable World Cup qualifying marketing campaign in a few years. It was additionally India’s first victory in World Cup qualifiers away from house in 20 years.
With the win, India rose to the third spot in Group E with six factors from seven video games.
India will subsequent lock horns towards Afghanistan within the qualifiers on June 15.
The aspect is already out of rivalry to qualify for World Cup 2022, however the Blue Tigers can nonetheless could make it to the Asian Cup in China.