India’s talismanic football team captain Sunil Chhetri (33) became joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar footballer Lionel Messi. He achieved this feat after he scored his 64th goal in the match between India and Kenya in Intercontinental Cup summit clash in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In this match, Chhetri scored two goals.
It was Chhetri’s 102nd international match, making him only the second Indian to feature in 100 international matches after former skipper Bhaichung Bhutia. In terms of goals scored, he and Messi are behind Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who has 81 goals on his name from 150 matches.
Chhetri and Messi are currently in a joint 21st position in the all-time list of goal scorers. Chhetri is just one goal below former Chelsea FC and Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba (65 from 104 matches). In terms of a number of goals per match, Chhetri is better than Messi (who is currently considered as the best player in the football world). Chhetri has scored 0.62 goals per match as against 0.52 of Messi (64 goals from 124 matches). He is also better goal average than Cristiano Ronaldo (0.54 per match).