New Delhi [India], Oct 14 (ANI): Indian football skipper Sunil Chhetri said on Thursday that he does not pay much attention to the fact that he is overtaking Pelé in the international football scoring rankings.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t have many images of the great man Pele to look at. Whatever little I saw was a very dynamic person, very powerful because I’m pretty sure that you know the kind of challenges that were allowed in those times. Football was a bit more physical and brutal so playing in that time and scoring so many goals is a great achievement. The streaks were very small and I couldn’t see it This is the kind of feedback I have on Pelé, Chhetri said while answering a question from ANI at a virtual press conference hosted by AIFF.
“Other than that, his number of goals speaks for itself. As far as I go past him, I don’t feel anything and I don’t pay much attention to it. I’m just happy to score goals. for my country, “he added.
Chhetri on Wednesday broke legendary footballer Pelé’s record in the game against the Maldives in the ongoing 2021 SAFF championship. Pelé had scored 77 goals for Brazil and Chhetri passed the Brazilian superstar when he scored a 62nd-minute goal in the game against the Maldives.
Chhetri further improved his score by scoring another to have 79 international goals to his name. The Indian captain is now the third top active international scorer. Lionel Messi (80) and Cristiano Ronaldo (115) are the two footballers ahead of Chhetri in the list of active international scorers. The Indian captain also became the world’s sixth top scorer.
Ahead of the game, India beat Maldives 3-1 to reserve their place for the 2021 SAFF Championship final here in Male, Maldives on Wednesday. Manvir Singh scored the first goal, while Sunil Chhetri netted a brace in the second half to give India the three points. Maldives striker Ali Ashfaq scored there in the first half and was the hosts’ lone scorer.
With this victory, India has now reserved a place for the final of the 2021 SAFF championship, against Nepal on Saturday. (ANI)