Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri yet again shined for the country, as he scored a brace against Kenya in the finals of the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai on Sunday.
The first goal of the match was scored by the veteran in the ninth minute and then his second also came in the first-half of the game which took India in a comfortable leading position. The second-half of the game remained goalless for both the sides and India ensured the Intercontinental Cup title with 2-0 win.
With these two goals, the 33-year-old Chhetri equaled Argentina’s ace footballer Lionel Messi’s tally of 64 international goals for the country. And now he is only behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal who has scored 81 times in 124 appearances.
However, before the finals, the skipper had reckoned the comparisons with Messi, Ronaldo as extremely unfair. “I don’t take it seriously. It’s not even fair. The two players who are above me are completely world stars. I am a big fan of [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo. There is a massive difference between them and us. There is no comparison at all,” the Indian skipper had said.
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