The man who is only behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of most goals scored in national colors is India skipper Sunil Chhetri. He surpassed Messi’s tally of 68 goals for Argentina and the World is starting to take notice of this brilliant striker, as are they with Indian football. Let us take a look at Sunil Chhetri’s Top 5 Goals.
5. JSW Bengaluru v Al-Ahmadi, 2017-18 AFC Asian Cup
Some of Chhetri’s best showings have come for his most recent club, JSW Bengaluru. Its said to be the Football Factory of India and they have a very cohesive unit together. Chhetri however didn’t need anyone for this strike as he took on a freekick 30 yards out and calmly dispatched it into the top corner.
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4. India v Puerto Rico, 2018 Friendly
Another freekick, another stunner from the Blue Lions’ skipper as he sneaked past the wall and into the goal, beating the Puerto Rico goalkeeper for pace and accuracy. The goal was an incredible combination of skill and presence of mind to give India the lead.
3. JSW Bengaluru v Johor Darul, 2018-19 AFC Asian Cup
You wont see many headers from this guy who’s not the tallest on the pitch, but it is his positioning and presence on the pitch that he finds incredible positions to score from. This one, however came as a result of a tremendous power header, one that came off a wonderfully taken free kick from Bengaluru midfielder Willems.
2. JSW Bengaluru v Johor Darul, 2018-19 AFC Asian Cup
Same game, different ends. Chhetri scored a stunner to clinch the game for Bengaluru in a match tied 2-2 on aggregate between the Indian and Qatari sides. The goal was a masterpiece that nobody could have anticipated. Chhetri took the ball around two defenders, found a little pocket of space and smashed from over 30 yards out into the goal.
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1. India v Kazakhstan, 2018-19 Asian Championships
Sunil Chhetri made the goal, Sunil Chhetri scored the goal. Taking the ball from the halfway line, he stuttered twice as he bumped into a couple of sturdy defenders. But he kept hold of the ball till he found Jeje in support who assisted with a wonderful chip that Chhetri finished. This goal was the stuff of dreams as Chhetri and India were on their way.