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Sunil Chhetri in action

India’s talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri has set a new record by becoming the fifth-highest goalscorer in international football.

In India’s clash against Hong Kong in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, Chhetri scored his 84th goal and equaled Real Madrid player record Ferenc Puskas.

Earlier in October 2021, Chhetri also surpassed legendary football player Pelé’s record of 77 goals. He is now third on the list of active international goalscorers, just behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

Currently, Ronaldo is the top scorer in international football with 117 goals, while Messi is in fourth place with a total of 86 goals.

Heading into the clash against Hong Kong, India ended their 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers campaign in style at VYBK Stadium, Kolkata by claiming a whopping 4-0 win over Hong Kong in the last game of group D.

Anwar Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh and Ishan Pandita were the scorers for Blue Tigers.

It was the Indian side’s third consecutive victory in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Previously, they had defeated Cambodia and Afghanistan.

(ANI inputs)

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