Indian national football team captain Sunil Chhetri scored two goals in the last 13 minutes of the second half to help India seal a 2-0 victory, India’s first win in a World Cup qualifier away from home since 2001.
“I do not count the number of goals. 10 years later, we will sit together, have a chat and then count,” Sunil smiled after the final whistle against Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Qatar 2022.
The record book states that Chhetri scored his 74th goal in the last match against Bangladesh and is second behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the all-time goal scorer’s list among active players in International Football, as he overtook Lionel Messi who is on 72 goals.
“Many people keep on asking as to when Sunil is going to retire. He works so hard on the pitch, and in every training session, he is by far the best. He is in such good shape and is working with such professionalism. He is working as if he is 25, playing as if he is 25, and scoring goals like he is 25,” after the match Head Coach Igor Stimac stated.
Sandesh Jhingan who is also known as ‘Ironman’ said that Sunil’s name will be remembered for more than 100 years. He quoted “Some 100 or 200 years down the line, people will still talk about Sunil Chhetri. As long as there is Indian Football, people will remember his name. It’s for everyone to see what he does on the field. Hence, I would rather like to mention that off the field he is the perfect example for all to follow.”
“I will keep on mentioning that there’s one guy floating in between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – and that’s my teammate, my captain Sunil Chhetri, It shows his commitment and how consistent he has been scoring goals – one after the other. It’s simply remarkable” Gurpreet Singh Sandhu expressed.
Post-match Chhetri looked at his side, smiled and quoted “The match against Bangladesh was a tough match, frustrating at times,” he referred to missed chances during the match. “We were guilty of missing a lot of chances. We could have done better. It has been a topsy-turvy qualifying campaign. Looking back, we understand that we could have done a lot better. We will talk about it but I am happy that we got three points,” Chhetri said.