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Sunil Chhetri’s Goal-Scoring Record for India: Revealing Indian Captain’s Incredible Goal Tally in details

For years, Sunil Chhetri has held the title of the most prolific goal-scorer in Indian football, boasting an impressive tally of 252 goals for both club and country. Get to know his goals tally. 

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Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri Against Afghanistan, Image Credits-AIFF

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Sunil Chhetri: India’s Football Icon

Sunil Chhetri is esteemed as one of India’s finest footballers, boasting a career spanning over two decades filled with individual and team achievements.

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Hailing from Secunderabad, Chhetri commenced his journey with Mohun Bagan in 2002 before venturing into international waters, representing the Major League Soccer team Kansas City Wizards in 2010 and the reserve team of Sporting CP in Portugal in 2012.

With accolades such as seven-time AIFF Player of the Year, Chhetri’s legacy extends across renowned Indian clubs like East Bengal, Dempo, and Bengaluru FC, where he clinched numerous titles including the I-League, ISL, and Super Cup.

Moreover, Chhetri’s contributions to the Indian national team are illustrious, marked by triumphs in prestigious tournaments such as the Nehru Cup, SAFF Championship, and the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, culminating in India’s qualification for the AFC Asian Cup in 2011.

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Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri, Image Credits-AIFF

Central to Chhetri’s acclaim is his remarkable goal-scoring ability, which firmly establishes his position among football’s elite.

Sunil Chhetri’s Goal-Scoring Journey

Since his inaugural senior professional goal for Mohun Bagan during the National Football League season (2002-03), Sunil Chhetri, an icon of Indian football, has carved an illustrious path of goal-scoring milestones for both club and country.

With an impressive tally of 94 goals in 150 international appearances, Chhetri stands as the third highest goal-scorer among active players in international matches, trailing only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Moreover, he secures the fourth position in the overall list.

Debuting internationally in 2005, Chhetri marked his presence with a goal against Pakistan. However, it was in the 2011 SAFF Championship in New Delhi where he etched his name in history. Surpassing Indian legend IM Vijayan’s record, Chhetri netted a remarkable seven goals during the tournament, leading India to victory and breaking the record for the most goals scored in a single edition. This feat also propelled him to surpass Vijayan as the highest goal-scorer in Indian football.

Sunil Chhetri’s International Goals by Competition

CompetitionGoalsMatches
SAFF Championship2327
FIFA World Cup qualifiers1023
Nehru Cup914
AFC Asian Cup qualifiers812
AFC Challenge Cup48
Intercontinental Cup1311
AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers36
AFC Asian Cup48
King’s Cup11
Merdeka Cup11
International friendlies1839

In his career at the club level, Sunil Chhetri has recorded 158 goals across 365 appearances, establishing himself as the leading Indian goal-scorer in the ISL. Bartholomew Ogbeche remains the only player to have surpassed him in goal-scoring within the competition.

Sunil Chhetri’s Club Goals by Club and Year

Club (Year)GoalsMatches
Mohun Bagan (2002–2005)818
JCT (2005–2008)2248
East Bengal (2008–2009)917
Dempo (2009–2010)813
Kansas City Wizards (2010)01
Chirag United (2011)77
Mohun Bagan (2011–2012)814
Sporting CP B Team (2012–2013)03
Churchill Brothers (2013)48
Bengaluru FC (2013–2015)1643
Mumbai City (2015–2016)717
Bengaluru FC (2016)514
Bengaluru FC (2016–present)64161

In total, Sunil Chhetri has amassed 252 goals for both club and country across 515 appearances, maintaining an impressive rate of nearly one goal per every two matches played.

Captain Sunil Chhetri, Image via Twitter
Captain Sunil Chhetri, Image via Twitter

FIFA recognized Chhetri’s remarkable contributions to the sport by releasing a documentary in 2022 titled ‘Captain Fantastic’, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess and his journey to becoming a football icon.

Sunil Chhetri’s Top 10 Appearances and Goals by Opposition

Sunil Chhetri’s illustrious international career is marked by notable appearances and goal-scoring achievements against various opponent countries. Here’s a glimpse into his top 10 appearances and goals by opposition nations

CountriesAppearancesGoals
Nepal139
Kenya98
Maldives86
Bangladesh66
Tajikistan66
Afghanistan65
Chinese Taipei55
Cambodia55
Pakistan54
Kyrgyzstan44

Sunil Chhetri’s Total Goals Tally:

CategoryGoalsMatches
International94150
Club158365
Total252515

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