FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri goes past Lionel Messi’s tally with brace against Bangladesh | XtraTime
Xtra Time Web Desk: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri added another feather to his cap on Monday. The talisman has now scored more international goals than Argentine legend Lionel Messi. Chhetri, with his two goals against Bangladesh in the joint qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup, has passed Messi.
Chhetri increased his goal tally to 74 in 117 matches to consolidate his position at second place on the list of active footballers with the most international goals. The list is led by Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with 103 goals in 174 games. Both Ronaldo and Messi will have the opportunity to add to their scores at Euro 2020 and Copa America respectively.
Chhetri, 36, passed UAE strikers Ali Mabkhout and Messi to grab second place on the list of active scorers. Mabkhout has scored 73 goals in 89 appearances while Messi has scored 72 times for Argentina in 143 games.
Overall, Chettri is ranked 11th on the list of footballers with the most international goals. Iranian Ali Daei tops the list with 109 goals in 149 appearances.