Sunil Chhetri equals Lionel Messi’s record as India lifts Intercontinental Cup 2018


Nation Next Newsroom | Jun 11, 2018 16:43

Sunil Chhetri, on Sunday, equaled Lionel Messi’s record as he led the Indian team to a win against Kenya to win the Intercontinental Cup 2018.
Indian Football Team captain Sunil Chhetri celebrates after the team’s win over Kenya at the Intercontinental Cup final match held in Mumbai. (Photo Source: AP)

Charismatic football player and captain of the Indian football team Sunil Chhetri, on Sunday, equaled Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi’s record as he led the Indian team to a win against Kenya in the final match of the Intercontinental Cup 2018. India thrashed Kenya by 2-0 in the match, which took place at the Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri.

The 33-year-old footballer Chhetri, while representing India in his 102nd match, continued his superb form as his scored a brace (two goals in single match) in the 8th and 29th minute of the first half. In the process, Chhetri became the 2nd joint top scorer with Messi. While Chhetri achieved the feat in 102 games, Messi has scored 64 goals in 124 matches. The current top goal scorer position is held by Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 81 goals in 150 games.

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Chhetri’s first goal against Kenya came through a clever set-piece assisted by Anirudh Thapa, which found the bottom corner. The second ‘special’ goal came after Chhetri managed to chest down a long ball from defender Anas Edathodika and comfortably finish past Kenyan goalkeeper Patrick Matasi. Kenyan team could not score even a single goal and eventually lost the match.

Chhetri in a Facebook post thanked Indian football fans in the stadium and those watching the game from home for supporting the Indian Football Team.