Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri became the fourth highest goal scorer for their nation among active players. With the 54th goal in his bucket against the Kyrgyz Republic, Sunil Chhetri surpassed England’s star player Wayne Rooney.He dribbled past 3 players before playing a short pass with Jeje Lapekhlua and netting the ball with a calm head. With back to back strikers in the Asian Cup qualifiers against Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan, Chhetri has now surpassed the tally of Wayne Rooney (53). He has 54 goals in 94 matches.
Sunil Chhetri becomes 4th highest active international goalscorer.
The list of highest active goal scorers in International Football is led by Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo followed by Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Clint Dempsey holds the third spot on the list. The goal per match ratio of Sunil Chhetri is 0.57 which is better than Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina captain Lionel Messi.
With back to back strikers in the Asian Cup qualifiers against Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan, Chhetri has now surpassed the tally of Wayne Rooney (53). He has 54 goals in 94 matches.
The 69th-minute goal by Sunil Chhetri was majestic as he converted the perfect scoop pass by Jeje Lalpekhlua into a winning goal for the Indian side. Chhetri, in his 94th match, led from the front throughout the match. Playing behind the lone striker Jeje, he was in the thick of things, at times falling back deep to help the defenders, setting up his team-mates and also taking shots on his own.
India’s next match is against Macau, an away game, on September 5.
Here is the list of top 5 active international goal scorers.
5) Wayne Rooney
England skipper Wayne Rooney is in the fifth position with 53 goals in 119 matches.
4) Sunil Chhetri
Indian skipper and talismanic forward Sunil Chhetri has scored 54 goals in 94 matches.
3) Clint Dempsey
USA’s Clint Dempsey has scored 56 goals in 131 matches.
2) Lionel Messi
Argentina skipper Lionel Messi is second in the list with 58 goals in 118 matches.
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo tops the chart with 73 goals in 139 matches.