India captain Sunil Chhetri became the fourth highest goalscorer for country among active International player on Sunday after his goal against Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday. He overtook Manchester United and England football great Wayne Rooney with a goal to sit on the fourth position after Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Clint Dempsey.
Chhetri’s goal against Kyrgyzstan in Bangalore not only helped India win the crucial AFC Asian Cup Qualifier in Bangalore but marked his greatness in the game of football.
The Captain scored the only goal in the qualifier in the 69th minute which ensured India sat at the top of the Group. He made a brilliant run, dribbled past the defence, returned it to a waiting Jeje who fed a decent ball for his skipper. Chhetri, who was waiting in the area, produced a spectacular goal to give India the lead.
The goal was his 54th strike for India, while Rooney sits at 53. Only football legends Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and American Clint Dempsey stand ahead of the 32-year-old Chhetri.
While Ronaldo is the current leading goalscorer with 73 goals, the Real Madrid star is followed by rival Messi with 58 goals. With two more goals, Chhetri will stand par with Demsey to become the the highest active scorer only after the two legends Ronaldo and Messi.
Under coach Stephen Constantine, India have also improved their FIFA rankings to stand in the top 100 for the first time in 21 years. With the recent victory India are bound to climb the rankings and the new rank might be around 95. People may not consider Chhetri among greats like Ronaldo as he plays for India which has not been facing big teams but he sure has helped India in their important matches.
India has not lost a single match since June 2016. They have won all off the last 8 encounters in which Chhetri contributed with 4 goals and 3 assists. He has impacts in big games as well.
In 2008, he helped India beat Tajikistan 4-1 in AFC Challenge Cup Final. He scored a decisive goal in 2012 Nehru Cup Final against Cameroon where the scoreline was 2-1 India behind and he scored important goal to help India take the game to penalties where they actually went on to win the Cup. He also scored the decisive goal in the SAFF Championship Final in 2015 where India beat Afghanistan 2-1, courtesy to the Chhetri’s assist in first goal and scoring extra-time winner.
There's a reason Sunil Chhetri is Indian Football Team's captain fantastic.
Posted by TheField on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Under his reign India entered top 100 in FIFA ranking and future sure looks bright for the Indian Football Team under him.