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Chhetri equals Messi'S record, joint second highest scorer among active players

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Talismanic Indian today became the joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar with his 64th strike for the country against in summit clash here.

Chhetri, who had come into the match with 62 goals, gave the lead in the eighth minute before scoring the second goal in the 29th minute to put him on par with Meesi.

He chested down a long pass from between two Kenyan defenders before firing in a low left-footer just inside the box that beat all ends up.

The 33-year-old Chhetri, who was playing in his 102nd international match, and Messi are behind leader and Portuguese superstar who has 81 goals from 150 matches.

Chhetri and Messi are currently in joint 21st in the all-time list of goal scorers. The Indian is just one goal below former Chelsea and stalwart (65 from 104 matches).

In terms of number of goals per match, Chhetri is better than Meesi, arguably the best in the world currently. Chhetri has scored 0.62 goals per match as against 0.52 of Messi (64 goals from 124 matches). The Indian has also a better goal average than Cristiano (0.54 per match).

Chhetri, who became only the second Indian to feature in 100 international matches after former Bhaichung Bhutia, had earlier equalled Zlatan Ibrahamovic of and winner Brazilian Ronaldo in the match against which lost 1-2.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 21:25 IST