India national team skipper and talisman, Sunil Chhetri has reiterated that comparisons with footballing legend, Lionel Messi are "misplaced" after he surpassed the Argentinian's tally of international goals.
Chhetri scored a brace against Bangladesh during India's 2-0 win in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers on Monday, to take his tally of International goals of 74 - which is two more than Messi's tally of 72.
The 36-year-old only stands behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of most goals among active players and he was quick to dismiss comparisons with the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner.
"The fact is there is no comparison whatsoever (with Messi). When anyone sees those (top goalscorer charts), be happy for five seconds as an Indian and that's about it. Forget about me and Messi because the whole world, including me, is a fan of Messi," he said post India's win over Bangladesh.
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Indian football team captain has spoken up about the future of the game in the country and comparisons with Lionel Messi.
Sunil Chhetri bagged a brace that took him to second in the list of active international goalscorers as India beat Bangladesh in the WC and Asian Cup qualifiers
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The Blue Tigers are currently placed third in Group E with six points from seven games and while they are currently out of contention to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, they will automatically reach the 2023 AFC Asian Cup if they manage to remain third following their last qualifier match against Afghanistan.
Chhetri for his part is currently placed 10th in the international all-time highest goalscoring list and if he manages to score against Afghanistan, he will go level with Japan's, Kunishige Kamamoto and Kuwait's, Bashar Abdullah who have currently netted 75 goals.