Sunil Chhetri Becomes 5th Highest International Goal Scorer
Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team, scored 2 goals in the Tri-Nation tournament final to move up to 5th place among all international goal scorers.
Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team, scored two goals against the Kyrgyz Republic in the Tri-Nation tournament final in Mumbai to move up to sixth place among all goal scorers in the annals of international football.
India defeated the visitors 2-1 to win the event. Chhetri scored both goals. Chhetri has now outscored Argentine legend Lionel Messi (72 goals) in terms of overall goals scored in international competition.
In the all-time list of international goal scorers, he now trails only Ferenc Puskás, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ali Daei, and Mokhtar Dahari.
The Kyrgyz Republic dominated the opening exchanges of the game, and it was they who went ahead due to a well-taken goal by Mirlan Murzaev in the 23rd minute.
But shortly before the break, Chhetri equalized for India with a fantastic free-kick that soared past the goalie and into the far right corner of the goal.
Both teams had numerous chances in the second half, but Chhetri once again proved to be the difference maker by scoring his second goal of the game in the 69th minute.
In order to give India the lead, he gently slid the ball past the Kyrgyz goalkeeper after receiving a pass from Suresh Singh Wangjam.
The Kyrgyz Republic put some pressure on India late in the game, but India held on to win and earn their first Tri-Nation competition championship.
After the game, Chhetri expressed his admiration for his teammates’ commitment and hard effort by saying, “I’m incredibly pleased with the team.
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There are numerous young players on our team that are excelling. Although I’m pleased with my goal, the performance of the squad comes first.
Football analysts and fans alike have praised Chhetri for his prolific goal-scoring record.
He is largely recognised as one of the best football players to have ever represented India, and he is credited with boosting interest in the game there.
Chhetri has once again shown that he is a force to be reckoned with on the international scene with his amazing performance in the Tri-Nation competition, and Indian football fans will undoubtedly be expecting more of the same from him in the years to come.
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