Sunil Chhetri breaks Brazilian legend Pele’s international goal record


Pele had scored 77 goals for Brazil and Chhetri overtook the Brazilian superstar when he scored a goal in the 62nd minute in the match against Maldives.

Indian captain Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday broke the record of legendary football player Pele during the match against Maldives in the ongoing SAFF Championship in 2021.

Pele had scored 77 goals for Brazil and Chhetri overtook the Brazilian superstar when he scored a goal in the 62nd minute in the match against Maldives.

Chhetri further improved his tally as he scored another to have 79 international goals under his belt. The Indian captain is now the third highest active international goalscorer.

Lionel Messi (80) and Cristiano Ronaldo (115) are the two footballers who are ahead of Chhetri in the list of active international goalscorers. The Indian captain has also become the sixth highest goalscorer in the world.

Coming into the match, India defeated Maldives 3-1 to seal their place in the 2021 SAFF Championship Finals in Male, Maldives here on Wednesday.

Manveer Singh scored the first goal, while Sunil Chhetri put on a brace in the second half to give India three points. Maldivian striker Ali Ashfaq scored from the spot in the first half and was the only scorer for the hosts.

With this win, India have now qualified for the 2021 SAFF Championship final against Nepal on Saturday.

This story has been published without modification in text from a wire agency feed.

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