Indian professional footballer Sunil Chhetri, has surpassed Lionel Messi and has become 2nd-highest active international goal-scorer with 74 strikes.

 36 years old Chhetri now leads Barcelona star Messi by 2 goals and is placed above Ali Mabkhout of United Arab Emirates, who is at 3rd place with 73 strikes. He achieved this feat against Bangladesh in joint preliminary qualifying round match for 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

Sunil Chhetri

Sunil plays as striker or winger and is captain of both Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC and Indian national football team. He is popularly known as Captain Fantastic. Following Cristiano Ronaldo, Chhetri is the 2nd-highest international goal scorer among active players while 10th highest of all time.


In 2002, He started his professional career at Mohun Bagan. He signed for Major League Soccer in the year 2010 and become 3rd player from subcontinent of note to go abroad. He helped India to win Nehru cup in the year 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2011 SAFF Championship. He has been conferred with AIFF Player of the Year for a record 6 times in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 as well as in 2018–19.

Sunil Chhetri Surpasses Lionel Messi in international goals Sunil Chhetri Surpasses Lionel Messi in international goals