News International – MUMBAI: India’s football captain Sunil Chhetri Sunday joined Argentine star Lionel Messi as the second highest international goal scorer among active players with his 64th strike for his country.

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  • MUMBAI: India’s football captain Sunil Chhetri Sunday joined Argentine star Lionel Messi as the second highest international goal scorer among active players with his 64th strike for his country.
  • Chhetri scored twice in his team’s 2-0 win over Kenya to lift the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai that saw another good crowd turnout after the the star striker’s appeal for fan support earlier in the tournament.
  • Chhetri, with 102 appearances for India, and Messi, in 124 internationals, are currently joint 21st in the all-time list of goal scorers.Iran’s Ali Daei leads the list with 109 goals in 149 appearances between 1993 and 2006.
  • Chhetri, who thanked the crowd on turning out in numbers after he had posted a video message last week on Twitter seeking fan support at India matches, played down comparisons with Messi.
  • I am a big fan (of him) and happy scoring goals for the country,” Chhetri, who scored eight goals in the four-nation tournament, said after the win.


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