Indian Football

5 Highest Goalscorers in India National Team History

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sunil Chhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia are among the highest goalscorers in India national team history
Sunil Chhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia are among the highest goalscorers in India national team history / PRAKASH SINGH/Getty Images
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Football is still a growing sport in India, with it still finding it's feet among the public, though it has grown exponentially in recent times. The emergence of the Indian Super League (ISL) has been a boon for the sport in the country, while the country has also produced superstars and here, we take a look at some of them.

1. Sunil Chhetri - 72 goals

Sunil Chhetri
India v Bahrain - AFC Asian Cup Group A / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Arguably the biggest footballing superstar to come from India, Sunil Chhetri is an inspiration for young footballers in the country and has been brilliant in front of goal. He has already netted 72 goals in 115 games and will definitely add more to his tally in the near future.

2. IM Vijayan - 29 goals

I.M.Vijayan
I.M.Vijayan / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

A footballing legend, IM Vijayan is one of the finest footballers to come from India and he was a prolific striker throughout his career as seen by the 29 goals he scored in 66 games. The 51-year-old won the AIFF Player of the Year award thrice, while also being bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 2003.

3. Bhaichung Bhutia - 27 goals

India's Bhaichung Bhutia  celebrates goa
India's Bhaichung Bhutia celebrates goa / PRAKASH SINGH/Getty Images

Described by IM Vijayan as "Gods gift to Indian Football", Bhaichung Bhutia can be described as India's first football superstar. The 44-year-old won numerous honours during his career including two AIFF Player of the Year awards, the 1998 Arjuna Award and 2008 Padma Shri.

4. Jeje Lalpekhlua - 23 goals

Jeje Lalpekhlua
India v Bahrain - AFC Asian Cup Group A / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Jeje played a crucial role in India's 2011 and 2015 SAFF Cup wins and while he has fallen out of favour off late, he has scored 23 goals so far and at 30-years-old, he still has time to add to his tally. It will be interesting to see how his career pans out as he comes to the twilight of his career.

5. Shabbir Ali - 23 goals

Shabbir Ali, Indian Football
Shabbir Ali is hailed as the greatest Indian player ever / Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Widely hailed as the best Indian footballer in the 1970s and 1980s, Shabbir Ali was prolific at both international and club level. The 65-year-old scored 23 goals during his career and post retirement, became a manager and was brilliant in that too. He was awarded India's highest sporting honour, the Dhyan Chand Award - becoming the only footballer to do so,

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