Sunil Chhetri who recently scored his 53rd international goal against Myanmar in Asian Cup qualifier made it to the list of top five active international goalscorers. The Indian striker with 53 international goals for India, has now entered the exclusive club of players.Also Read - Indian Super League 2021: Mumbai City FC Beat Bengaluru FC In A Scorching Encounter
He features alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who leads the list with 71 goals, followed by Lionel Messi at 58 and Clint Dempsey 56. The Indian football team captain has played 93 matches and is at number four on the list. He is tied with England captain Wayne Rooney. Also Read - Ballon D'or 2021: Lionel Messi Does Not Deserve, Toni Kroos Reacts to PSG Man Winning it For 7th Time
Chhetri also helped India break a 64-year-old jinx as his last-minute strike was enough to defeat Myanmar in AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. His extra time goal also proved to be the only goal of the match. It was a remarkable win as prior to that India had not beaten Myanmar in their own den since October 1953. Also Read - Lionel Messi Feels France Football Should Award Robert Lewandowski 2020 Ballon d’Or, Says He Deserves It
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Chhetri who also plays as a striker for Indian club Bengaluru FC began his professional career at Mohun Bagan in 2002. However, it was with the national team that Chhetri gained fame and helped India win the 2007 Nehru Cup, 2009 Nehru Cup, the 2012 Nehru Cup as well as the 2011 SAFF Championship.
Chhetri has also been named AIFF Player of the Year four times in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and other than being the all-time top goalscorer for the India national team, he is also the most-capped player.