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Sunil Chhetri now 3 short of Pele’s 77 international goals

Doha: Ace forward Sunil Chhetri has become the world’s second most prolific goal scorer among the active players — his tally of 74 is second only to Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo’s 103 — but the India captain is not counting them as yet. In the all-time goal scorers’ list, Chhetri is three goals short of Pele’s 77 goals.

Even FIFA, the game’s world governing body, acknowledged Chhetri’s feat.

“He’s now got more than Messi! Sunil Chhetri’s double earns the Blue Tigers a 2-0 win in #WCQ and moves him on to 74 international goals — above Lionel Messi and one off entering world football’s all-time top 10,” FIFA tweeted.

Chhetri is the only Indian player to have scored his international goals in three decades. He scored his first goal against Cambodia on August 17, 2007, in a Nehru Cup match at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. In that match, too, Chhteri had scored a brace in India’s 6-0 win.

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