Sunil Chhetri now is only behind Cristiano Ronaldo for the number of international goals. There is a hard to believe fact in Chhetri’s striking ability. The Indian captain has a better conversion rate than Ronaldo and Messi. In fact, the highest among the top five international scorers.
Chhetri has consolidated his position as one of the top 5 scorers among the current international footballers. A direct comparison with the Ronaldos and Messis will not go down well even with Chhetri, but his goal scoring ability puts him in their league for the number of successful strikes while representing their country.
Portuguese and Juventus star strikers has the highest number of international goals to his credit. Football’s biggest icon has found the nets 87 times in the 154 outings for his national team. Chhetri comes next, ahead of Lionel Messi.
The Indian captain before the AFC Asian Cup brace was tied in the second positon with Argentine star Messi with 65 goals apiece. The two goals in the 4-1 drubbing of Thailand put him in the sole second position with 67 strikes.
Here are the top five active international footballers in order of goals scored for their country:
Cristiano Ronaldo- The Numro Uno
No surprises. Cristiano Ronaldo tops the table with 85 goals in 154 international outings for Portugal at the strike rate 0f 0.55 goals per match. He is not only the current international top goalscorer but also the all time top scorer in the champions league.
Sunil Chhetri – India’s pride
Chhetri consolidated his international tally to 67 goals from 105 outings for India. The Indian captain and Delhi lad will not draw any comparisons with Ronaldo or Messi, but when it comes to scoring in the national team colours, he even leaves the two biggest icons of his era behind He has close to 0.74 conversion rate in international football.
Lionel Messi – Most iconic footballer in the world
Argentina captain Lionel Messi, who plays for the Spanish giants, Barcelona has scored 65 goals in 128 games. With Chhetri surging ahead he is now placed third. The Barcelona star is often blamed for failing to meet his LaLiga performances when he dons the Sky Blue stripes for Argentina.
Messi holds the record of scoring most goals in the La Liga (374) for Barcelona. He has won the joint-most (five) Ballon d’Or awards alongside Ronaldo and is also all-time his country.
David Villa – Foremost Spanish striker
The former Barcelona man is Spain’s all-time highest goalscorer and has scored 59 goals in 98 games for his country. Villa after having retired from international football following the 2014 FIFA World Cup had returned in 2017 to play in the World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Lichenstein.
This would come as a surprise to many football fans that David Villa is still playing professional football. The former Barcelona mannow represents MLS side, New York City.
Edin Džeko – Bosnian Diamond
Bosnian Diamond, Edin Džeko is in the 5th position in the list as he has scored 55 goals in 99 games . Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Roma and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team for which he is captain has conversion ratio of 0.55 in the international games.