Indian captain Sunil Chhetri became the fourth-highest goal scorer in the history of men’s football when he scored a hat-trick against Pakistan in their SAFF Championship opener at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Chhetri’s goal tally reached 90 in 138 matches after the brace, getting above Mokhtar Dahari of Malaysia, who had 89 goals in four more games.

Chhetri sits just 14 goals below FIFA World Cup 2022 winner Lionel Messi and five-time Ballon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo as the third-highest active goal scorer in international men’s football.

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