Chhetri once again proved his worth to his country and stepped in an all-important clash against Bangladesh in the ongoing FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He scored a brace in the second half that handed his team the win against the mighty neighbours. He was always destined to get a goal and looked set after a tight first half. India and Chhetri’s next challenge would be to face another Asian neighbour who is Afghanistan and Indian fans hoping that their captain can get them another victory. This is a crucial match in the context of the World Cup table and the Asian cup qualification. India is no longer in contention to make it to the World Cup after a poor start to their campaign but is more than likely to qualify for the Asian Cup, which is a good sign for the country, and its fans. 

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The two goals scored by Chhetri meant that he is now second on the list of active International goal scorers and is just behind the great Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently has 104 goals. Chhetri scored the 74th goal of his international career and could add to the tally sooner rather than later when he plays Afghanistan next.

Messi can also regain his coveted second spot as he is captaining Argentina in the World Cup Qualifiers and the upcoming 2021 Copa America. The list of the top five active goalscorers, along with the number of goals they have scored, is given down below: –

1) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 104 goals

2) Sunil Chhetri (India) – 74 Goals

3) Ali Mabkhout (UAE) – 73 Goals

4) Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 72 Goals

5) Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 66 Goals

These five players have been extraordinary for their country, and even at this age, they are scoring goals that speak highly about the pedigree of these players. Let’s hope they continue to do so for a while to come.