Chhetri overtakes Messi to become second-highest international goalscorer among active players

Sunil Chhetri scored 69th international goal with a clever panenka to put India in the lead in its Interncontinental Cup tie against Tajikistan.

Sunil Chhetri celebrates after scoring a penalty to give India an early lead against Tajikistan in the Intercontinental Cup.   -  Twitter

India football team captain Sunil Chhetri, for the second time this year, overtook Lionel Messi to become the second-highest international goalscorer among active players when he scored a fourth-minute penalty against Tajikistan in the Intercontinental Cup on Sunday.

The skipper scored his 69th international goal with a clever panenka to go second on the list, only below Cristiano Ronaldo who has 88 international goals for Portugal.

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Chhetri, who recently became India's most-capped international, further consolidated his position when he doubled India's lead with a sublime finish in the first half.

Messi was at the centre of controversy during Argentina's Copa America third-place playoff match against Chile when he was sent off for an altercation with defender Gary Medel. Chhetri is likely to stay second for a while as Argentina is scheduled to play next only in September in a friendly against Mexico.