Chhetri equals Messi, becomes second-highest goalscorer after Ronaldo
Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri just created history with his brace against Kenya as he led India to win the Intercontinental Cup on Sunday at the Mumbai Football Arena. His brace not only helped the Blue Tigers to lift the cup, but also places him as the second highest International scorer along with Argentine great Lionel Messi.
Chhetri has now scored overall 64 International goals for the country and so has Messi for Argentina. This is a huge accomplishment as Chhetri has now joined an elite club which every other player practically dreams of.
Chhetri, who had come into the match with 62 goals, gave India the lead in the eighth minute before scoring the second goal in the 29th minute to put him on par with the Argentine.
It was the Indian skipper’s 102nd International match and at the rate this 33-year old is going, Cristiano Ronaldo’s score of 81 in 150 matches is not too far away.
Chhetri has scored 0.62 goals per match as against 0.52 of Messi (64 goals from 124 matches). The Indian has also a better goal average than Ronaldo (0.54 per match).
Chhetri, who became only the second Indian to feature in 100 international matches after former skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, had earlier equalled Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and World Cup winner Brazilian Ronaldo in the match against New Zealand which India lost 1-2.
Twitter, however, has been left gobsmacked as we now have an Indian G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) who is known as Sunil Chhetri and many sportspeople have wished the Indian skipper on his achievement. Take a look.
Thank you @chetrisunil11 for giving the country so much to cherish. You were inspirational and I am sure this #IntercontinentalCup victory will help in ensuring that you guys play in a jam packed stadium . Congratulations @IndianFootball #INDvKEN pic.twitter.com/WADgZEd5rl
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 10, 2018
Splendid performance from the #MenInBlue. Keep it up, @chetrisunil11 and the @IndianFootball team. You guys totally deserved this victory. Our support will always continue to be with you. #INDvKEN pic.twitter.com/JxKYVlF8Ej
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 10, 2018
What a wonderful day for @IndianFootball team and the fans across nation. India defeated Kenya 2-0 to lift the #IntercontinentalCup. Captain @ChetriSunil11 led from front brilliantly again. Well done team👏. India 🇮🇳 is Proud of you all. #INDvKEN pic.twitter.com/iyjfV7n9bh
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) June 10, 2018
Congratulations to the @IndianFootball team on winning the #IntercontinentalCup finals.@chetrisunil11 led by example and this win will go a long way in helping the popularity of the sport.#INDvKEN pic.twitter.com/3DiqMjUbL1
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 10, 2018
— Manish Pandey (@im_manishpandey) June 10, 2018
A few Bollywood celebrities also pitched in as well.
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 10, 2018
Way to finish off the tournament, TEAM INDIA 🇮🇳 !! Congratulations on winning the Intercontinental Cup 2018… The whole nation applauds the performance you put up tonight !! #BackTheBlue @IndianFootball #INDvKEN @chetrisunil11
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) June 10, 2018
Well done @IndianFootball for a great win. 🇮🇳
And well done to the supporters that turned up and sang throughout. Unbelievable atmosphere!
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) June 10, 2018