In the Football World Cup 2022 and Asia Cup 2023 qualifiers , the Indian team defeated Bangladesh 2-0 . Team captain Sunil Chhetri scored both the goals to put Bangladesh ahead.
With this victory , Chhetri drew the attention of the football world by beating the veteran Argentine footballer Lionel Messi . This was India’s first victory in 20 years abroad in a World Cup qualifier.
After opening the scoring in the 79th minute , Sunil Chhetri scored another goal in extra time in the Group E match to seal the victory.
Chhetri has scored 74 international goals.
With this , 36 – year old Chhetri has scored 74 international goals . Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the most active player in international football with 103 goals . Messi is third with 72 goals.
Chhetri is ranked 11th in the list of highest scoring players . He is followed by three players at number ten.
Sunil Chhetri ranked 11th in the list of highest scoring players
Hungary’s Sander Coxis , Japan’s Kunishige Kamato and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah have 75 goals each .
Ali of the UAE , who is behind Sunil Chhetri , scored his 73rd goal against Malaysia last week , while Messi scored his 72nd goal against Chile.
Earlier , India had lost 0-1 to Asian champions Qatar on June 3. India now have a match against Afghanistan on June 15.
Bangladesh tried to equalize till the last minute, but they did not succeed. India has already been knocked out of the 2022 World Cup.