Sunil Chhetri overtook Wayne Rooney to become the fourth highest goal scorer in international football. This was after he scored a goal against Kyrgyzstan in Bangalore earlier this month. However, the highest goal scorer for India in football is also the fourth highest ‘run’ scorer in the world. Yes, according to Keshav Bansal, who is co-owner of the Gujarat Lions franchise in the Indian Premier League, the Indian captain is fourth on that elite list.
In a tweet on Monday, Bansal wanted to throw light on Chhetri’s achievement for the country but ended up tweeting about Chhetri being the fourth highest in ‘runs’. Even the Twitterati was not pleased by his tweet. He later deleted that tweet.
His tweet read: “Let’s take a moment to talk about @chetrisunil11, the Indian footballer who has been ranked 4th in the world for scoring the highest runs.(sic)”
It may be recalled here that India beat Kyrgyzstan 1-0 in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifier in Bangalore on June 13 as Chhetri was on target for India. The skipper produced a brilliant goal in the 69th minute of the contest and take his side to a win.
After the goal against Kyrgyzstan, he surpassed Rooney with a solitary goal to sit in the fourth position after Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Clint Dempsey in the list of active international players with most goals. This was Chhetri’s 54th goal for India.