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Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri produced another inspiring display as his brace helped the Blue Tigers beat Bangladesh 2-0 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers. It was India’s first win in two years.

A brace on the night took Sunil Chhetri’s international goals for India to 74 meaning that he surpassed Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Chhetri is now among the highest goal-scorers of all-time in international football.

The Indian captain finds himself in an elite company among the all-time top scorers in international football. Former Iran center-forward, Ali Daei scored 109 goals during his career which is the most goals in international football.

Most international goals in football

No. Player Country Goals
1. Ali Daei Iran 109
2. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 104
3. Ferenc Puskas Hungary 84
4. Kunishige Kamamoto Japan 80
5. Godfrey Chitalu Zambia 79
6. Hussein Saeed Iraq 78
7. Pele Brazil 77
8. Sandor Kocsis Hungary 75
9. Bashar Abdullah Kuwait 75
10. Sunil Chhetri India 74

For the most goals in international football among current players, Sunil Chhetri is now only behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 103 goals for his national team till date.

Highest active goalscorers in international football

No. Player Country Goals
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 103
2. Ali Mabkhout United Arab Emirates 75
3. Sunil Chhetri India 74
4. Lionel Messi Argentina 73
5. Robert Lewandowski Poland 66

Chhetri’s brace on Monday meant that Messi slipped to fourth for goals by active players after the United Arab Emirates' Ali Mabkhout took his tally to 73 goals following his goal against Malaysia last week. The Argentina captain, on the other hand, scored his 72nd international goal against Chile last Thursday.

Featured photo: Twitter / Indian Football

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