SAFF 2021: Sunil Chhetri Equals Pele

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Male, Maldives: An 82nd minute volley from Sunil Chhetri ensured all 3 points and a fighting chance for the Blue Tigers in the SAFF Championship 2021 as India beat the Nepalese side 1-0 at the National Football Stadium on Sunday. Gave. Cometh the man, cometh the hour, Captain Fantastic has always made the move for the national team. In yesterday’s win over Nepal, the Bengaluru FC man added another feather to his cap by equaling the international goal-scoring record of Brazilian great, Pele. Also Read – SAFF Championship 2021: Sunil Chhetri guides India to 1-0 win over Nepal

Along with his late winner, the former East Bengal and Mohun Bagan man scored 77 goals in his international appearance in 123 matches. One of the greatest players to grace the game, Pele scored 77 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil from 1957–1971, winning three World Cups during this period. Chhetri is already the Indian national football team’s all-time top scorer and is currently the highest active Indian goalscorer. The 6-time AIFF Player of the Year was voted as the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Icon by the football governing body of Asia in 2018. He is also Bengaluru FC’s all-time top scorer from the ISL side, scoring 107 goals in 203 matches and the highest Indian goalscorer of all time in the Indian Super League and second on the all-time scoring list. Indian Super League. Also read- ‘Chinese side does not agree with our constructive suggestions, no result in 13th round of talks: Indian Army

In the international circuit, the 2018–19 Indian Super League winner is tied with Ali Mabkhout of the United Arab Emirates, 8th on the all-time international goal-scoring record and 3rd among active goalscorers in the world. Also Read – India vs Nepal Live Streaming SAFF Championship 2021 in India: When and Where to Watch IND vs NEP Live Stream Football Match on Discovery+, JIOTV; TV broadcast on Eurosport

Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading as well as active goal scorer in the world, with Lionel Messi second among active goal-scorers.

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