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Who is Sunil Chhetri, the Indian striker who scored more goals than Messi?

Chhetri's first goal against Thailand was from the penalty spot.

QUX.ME - Indian soccer player Sunil Chhetri set a record in the Asian Cup with more than Lionel Messi in international matches.

But who is he?

When India beat Thailand in the opening match of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the first win in the tournament in 55 years, one player serving as an attacker was Sunil Chhetri.

The two Indian striker's goals made him score 67 goals in international matches, in second place after Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 85 goals.

'Fantastic captain'

This achievement at the Asian Cup, which runs from January 5 to February 1, also made the 34-year-old 20th in the overall list of top scorers. He is not only superior to Messi but also Didier Drogba.

Sunil is only five goals less than Brazil's Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Chhetri, who plays for the Bengal Football Club football club, has the nickname "Fantastic Captain" and has always been a star on the Indian national team.

His first international goal in 2005 was a historic moment because it was the first goal in a football match between India and Pakistan.

The two countries have never competed until 2005 and the match ended in 1-1.

Chhetri also played a role in India's best performance, in the AFC Challenge Cup tournament in 2009, by scoring four goals.

Overall he has dropped in 105 international matches, with an average of 0.63 goals per match.

He once played for soccer teams in the United States, MLS by going down as a substitute for the Kansas City Wizards and Sporting Lisbon reserve team. But he did not record achievements in the two teams.

India's 4-1 victory leaves the country in the top of the group which also includes Bahrain and host, United Arab Emirates.

Chhetri is one of Indian soccer stars, a country that lacks achievement in football.

India had entered the World Cup in 1950 but withdrew because officials decided the tournament was not important.

The lack of enthusiasm in the field was also reflected in terms of the audience.

When India hosted the Intercontinental Cup in 2018, very few watched a 5-0 win against Taiwan. Chhetri scored three goals and uploaded on Twitter so the supporters came.

This video went viral in India after being tweeted by cricket star Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, and brought in far more spectators in the last two matches.