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Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri surpasses Messi to become second highest goalscorer

DOHA: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has achieved another milestone of his career as the player became the second-highest active international goalscorer after he surpassed football legend Lionel Messi on Monday.

Sunil Chhetri, 36, has scored 74 strikes overall and only a step behind Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 103 goals, to become the number one active international goalscorer.

Sunil Chhetri gave India a massive victory yesterday in the ongoing qualifier for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against Bangladesh with two swift goals.

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“He’s now got more than Messi! Sunil Chhetri’s double earns the Blue Tigers a 2-0 win in #WCQ and moves him on to 74 international goals – above Lionel Messi and one-off entering world football’s all-time top 10,” the FIFA World Cup handle posted on Twitter.

UAE footballer Ali Mabkhout is at third position in the list with 73 strikes and Argentina’s star Messi has found the back of the net 72 times in his career.

“A big congratulations to Captain Fantastic & wishing him many more accolades in the future,” said Praful Patel, All India Football Federation President, to congratulate Chhetri.

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