Sunil Chhetri’s two goals against Kenya in the final match not only helped India win the hero intercontinental cup in Mumbai, but the goals also helped skipper equal Argentina’s Lionel Messi’s record to become the second highest active goal scorer in international football.
Chhetri walked into the match with 62 goals. He scored his first goal in under 8 minutes to give India the much needed lead. He scored another one in the 29th minute which pretty much sealed the match, thanks to Indian team’s solid defense.
Sunil Chhetri has taken over international football stars like Clint Dempsey, David Villa, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the course of intercontinental cup with his 8 goals spree in just four matches.
Now there’s only one player ahead of Chhetri and he’s world famous Cristiano Ronaldo with 81 goals.
However, Fifa World Cup 2018 is starting next week. Which means he’s not gonna be able to hold the number 2 position for long. With so many matches on the card, Lionel Messi is surely gonna draw a heavy lead in the list. But it’s still a proud moment for Indian football.
Here’s the list of top 5 active goal scorers in international football for now.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 81 goals
2. Lionel Messi – 64 goals
2. Sunil Chhetri – 64 goals
4. David Villa – 59 goals
5. Clint Dempsey – 57 goals
5. Landon Donovan 57 goals