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After breaking David Villa's record of 59 goals, Sunil Chhetri is now only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Chhetri is also the only Indian footballer to have three hat-tricks to his name

Prabhjeet Sethi @SinghOfGudTimes 5 June 2018, 4:35 PM
Sunil Chhetri in action against Kenya in Mumbai on Monday

Sunil Chhetri in action against Kenya in Mumbai on Monday Image: AFP

Sunil Chhetri couldn’t have enjoyed his 100th international game for India in a better way.

By urging everyone to support Indian football on Twitter, he ensured the Mumbai Football Arena was packed to the rafters for an Intercontinental Cup game against Kenya.

The Indian football team skipper then followed it up by steering his team to victory with a memorable brace, which saw him go past Spanish footballer David Villa’s tally of 59 international goals. Chhetri has now touched the back of the net on 61 occasions in international games.

The 33-year-old now stands only behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the list of active players with most international goals to their names.

Ronaldo currently has 81 international goals to his name, while Messi has netted 64 times for Argentina.

Hang on, we are not done describing all the feathers in the ace striker's cap yet. Chhetri also holds the record for most number of hat-tricks for India. He scored his third hat-trick against Chinese Taipei in the tournament opener and went past the famous Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) striker Appalaraju and the legendary IM Vijayan, who have scored two hat-tricks each in India colours.

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