FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri overtakes Lionel Messi; now chasing Cristiano Ronaldo for most international goals

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri, who struck a brace against Bangladesh overtook Lionel Messi on Monday; Check out
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri, who struck a brace against Bangladesh overtook Lionel Messi on Monday; Check out

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri breaks Lionel Messi’s record- Sunil Chhetri, who struck a brace in India’s 2-0 win over Bangladesh in Doha, overtook Argentina’s Lionel Messi to become the second-highest active international goalscorer with 74 goals.

The 36-year-old striker, who helped India register a first win in the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers, is behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 103 international goals.

Chhetri also moved up in the men’s all-time list of international goalscorers and is now on 11th. He is just behind the trio of Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis, Japan’s Kunishige Kamamoto, and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah, who all have 75 goals.

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Sitting just behind him on the list, UAE’s Ali Mabkhout took his tally to 73 after scoring against Malaysia last week. On the other hand, Messi scored his 72nd international goal against Chile last Thursday.

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – India beat Bangladesh 2-0: Sunil Chhetri brace hands India 2-0 win against Bangladesh

Sunil Chhetri’s brace helped India defeat Bangladesh 2-0 in the ongoing FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and AFC Asian Cup China Qualifiers on Monday at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium at Al Sadd Club in Doha.

This is India’s second victory under coach Igor Stimac. For India Chettri scored in 79th and 92nd minute to give his team and manager much needed victory.

India created several chances early on, on the back of efforts from Chhetri and Brandon, and eventually the Blue Tigers had the last laugh

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, India Group standings: With this, India move to the third position in the last Group E standings. India now has six points, one point ahead of fourth-placed Afghanistan, while Bangladesh remain winless at the bottom of the six-team table with two points.

When is India’s next match?

India will next lock horns against Afghanistan in the Qualifiers on Tuesday, June 15. The side is already out of contention to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022, but the Blue Tigers can still qualify for AFC Asian Cup.