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Sunil Chhetri breaks Pele’s International goal record after his brace against Maldives

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The Indian record goalscorer Sunil Chhetri again leads the team from the front by scoring a brace against the Maldives in a must-win match at SAFF Championship. So, after beating the Maldives with a 3-1 scoreline they enter the final match against Nepal on Wednesday of SAFF Championship. The Talisman score the two winning goals in the 62nd and 71st minutes of the game after their forward Manvir Singh score the first goal for the team.

 

But after India open the scoreline in the match, Maldives comes back in 45 minutes just before halftime with Ali Ashfaq goal. Therefore, after scoring his 78 international goals in 62nd minutes Sunil Chhetri surpass the record of legendary footballer Pele of 77 International goals. After that, he also becomes the third-highest active goal scorer in the world. Therefore, in the campaign Chhetri already scores 4 goals.

 

While the Indian captain is just one goal behind to equalise the Lionel Messi goal as the second-highest active goal scorer. Sunil Chhetri achieves this incredible landmark during his 124th International match for India. Therefore, he also enters in the top six clubs of the all-time highest goal scorer for his country. Chhetri comes after Cristiano Ronaldo (115), Ali Daei (109), Mokhtar Dahari (89), Ferenc Puskas (84), Lionel Messi (80).

 

Moreover, the seven-time SAFF champions again enter the final against Nepal on the 16th of October after finishing at the top of the table. It is India’s 12 final match in SAFF Championship. India enters the final after beating the Maldives. On the other hand, Nepal keeps the scoreline draw against Bangladesh (1-1) to reach the final. While in the earlier match India already beats Nepal in the league matches.

 

Other Sunil Chhetri Goal Records

 

1. Only Indians to score the highest number of goals in NFL and I-League combined

The Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri is currently the highest number of goalscorers combining I-League and National Football League. He achieves this milestone in 2017 during the match against Aizwal FC where he makes the scoreline draw 1-1. It is another Sunil Chhetri goal record in his tally. Therefore he becomes the highest goal scorer after passing the Indian Legend Bhaichung Bhutia 89 goals. With this success in one of the Country’s most prestigious football leagues, Chhetri makes a significant mark.

 

2. Highest goal scorer as Indian in ISL

Another remarkable mark in his football career is the highest goal scorer as an Indian in India’s biggest football league ISL. And he is also the second-highest goalscorer in Indian Super League after Ferran Corominas. Therefore, the Indian Legend has scored 47 goals in his Indian Super Leagues appearance. However, his former national teammate Jeje Lalpekhula is the second Indian highest goal scorer after Sunil Chhetri.

 

3. India’s highest goal scorer in international football

India’s one of the finest footballers in the decade Sunil Chhetri has scored the highest number of goals for India on the International Level. He is leading the Indian forward many times and is the main goal scorer for the team. So, the talisman has already scored 79 goals for India in his 124 international appearances for the country. However, in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches he scores 7 goals in his 16 matches.

 

4. Third highest active goal scorer for the national team in international football

Sunil Chhetri is the third active most goal scorer for the national team in international football after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. So it is one of the great numbers he has in his International career. As he scores more goals than the star footballer like Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez, Romelu Lukaku, Neymar Jr etc.

 

5. Highest scorer in AFC for India

The Indian captain is leading the scoreline for India at every stage so, again he is the highest goal scorer for India in the AFC cup and qualifier. Therefore, the Indian goal machine has scored 19 goals in his 31 AFC Championship.

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