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Sunil Chhetri leaves Wayne Rooney behind by scoring his 54th international goal

Sunil Chhetri leaves Wayne Rooney behind by scoring his 54th international goal

Only Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina`s Lionel Messi and Clint Dempsey of United States stand ahead of the 32-year-old Indian.

WATCH: Sunil Chhetri powers India past Kyrgyzstan in AFC Cup qualifier with a beautiful goal

WATCH: Sunil Chhetri powers India past Kyrgyzstan in AFC Cup qualifier with a beautiful goal

The Stephen Constantine-coached side won their first match against Myanmar 1-0 and are at top of the four-team group.

AFC Cup: Skipper Sunil Chhetri's goal guides India to 1-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan in qualifier

AFC Cup: Skipper Sunil Chhetri's goal guides India to 1-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan in qualifier

Chhetri drilled a lot shot with his right foot off a fine pass from Jeje Lalpekhlua in the 69th minute to lead India to a crucial win in the home leg tie of the Group A third round qualifiers of the 2019 Asian Cup.

India skipper Sunil Chhetri demands more teams in I-League and ISL

India skipper Sunil Chhetri demands more teams in I-League and ISL

Chhetri said rankings don't count much but the higher ranking the Indian team has achieved is beneficial as players now don't focus so much on the opponent's ranking but more on strategy.

India vs Nepal International Football Friendly: As it happened...

India vs Nepal International Football Friendly: As it happened...

The most heartbreaking news for Indian football fans is that skipper Sunil Chhetri and the Bengaluru FC's Federation Cup triumph hero CK Vineeth won't be featuring against Nepal.

India vs Nepal: Sunil Chhetri returns to boost Blue Tigers's chances in football friendly — PREVIEW

India vs Nepal: Sunil Chhetri returns to boost Blue Tigers's chances in football friendly — PREVIEW

The international friendly is to be played at the Football Arena in Andheri Sports Complex where India's dramatic ascension to no. 100 in the FIFA rankings commenced last September with a 4-0 rout of Puerto Rico.

Bengaluru FC striker Sunil Chhetri named I-League player of the year, Aizawl's Syed Abdul Rahim best coach

Bengaluru FC striker Sunil Chhetri named I-League player of the year, Aizawl's Syed Abdul Rahim best coach

Khalid Jamil, who guided Aizawl FC to their historic I- League victory, has been bestowed with the 'Syed Abdul Rahim Best Coach Award'.

We shouldn't get carried away by FIFA rankings: Sunil Chhetri

We shouldn't get carried away by FIFA rankings: Sunil Chhetri

Chhetri is hopeful that change in rankings will give them favourable draw in Asian competitions.

Sunil Chhetri finds his name along side Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney

Sunil Chhetri finds his name along side Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney

Cristiano Ronaldo sits atop on that list with 71 goals, followed by Argentina's Lionel Messi (58). And third placed Clint Dempsey of USA, has just three more than Chhetri, scoring 56 goals for his nation.

AFC Asian Cup qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri's last minute strike ends India's 64-year-old jinx in Myanmar

AFC Asian Cup qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri's last minute strike ends India's 64-year-old jinx in Myanmar

Myanmar were the better side in the first of the two-legged home-and-away Group A match as they controlled the midfield for most part of the game but India ran away with three full points with Chhetri scoring in the 90th minute from an Udanta Singh assist.

India break 11-year-old jinx, beat Cambodia 3-2 in international football friendly

India break 11-year-old jinx, beat Cambodia 3-2 in international football friendly

Constantine expressed happiness at the win but said that his boys need to start quicker in an international match.

We have to set a benchmark by qualifying regularly for AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri

We have to set a benchmark by qualifying regularly for AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri

India are preparing for the Asian Cup Qualifiers, and first up will be Myanmar, who had emerged winners in the last meeting between the two sides -- in the 2014 edition of AFC Challenge Cup

AFC Cup: Sunil Chhetri, Sandesh Jhingan scripts Bengaluru FC's 2-1 win over Mohun Bagan

AFC Cup: Sunil Chhetri, Sandesh Jhingan scripts Bengaluru FC's 2-1 win over Mohun Bagan

A goal each from Sunil Chhetri and Sandesh Jhingan helped Bengaluru Football Club beat Mohun Bagan 2-1 in their AFC Cup match at Sree Kanteerava Stadium here today.

I-League: Mumbai FC hold defending champions Bengaluru FC in frustrating 0-0 draw

I-League: Mumbai FC hold defending champions Bengaluru FC in frustrating 0-0 draw

With this draw, Mumbai FC remain stranded on the eighth spot with as many points, whereas, Bengaluru FC moves to the fourth spot with thirteen points playing one match shy.

I-League: Defending champions Bengaluru FC held by lowly Minerva Punjab

I-League: Defending champions Bengaluru FC held by lowly Minerva Punjab

The point leaves the Blues on fifth position with 11 points from seven games.

Sunil Chhetri says Asian Cup will develop Indian football

Sunil Chhetri says Asian Cup will develop Indian football

India have been drawn alongside Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Macau in Group A

Bengaluru FC out of AFC Champions League after 1-2 loss to Al-Wehdat in qualifier

Bengaluru FC out of AFC Champions League after 1-2 loss to Al-Wehdat in qualifier

The three-pronged attack of Chhetri, C K Vineeth and Udanta Singh could not do much to break down the opposition defence.

I-League: Churchill Brothers stun defending champions Bengaluru FC 2-1, register their first win

I-League: Churchill Brothers stun defending champions Bengaluru FC 2-1, register their first win

Bengaluru, who slumped to their second straight defeat, finished with ten men after John Johnson was sent off for a foul.

I-League, Preview: East Bengal face Bengaluru FC; Mumbai FC host Aiwzal

I-League, Preview: East Bengal face Bengaluru FC; Mumbai FC host Aiwzal

East Bengal started their campaign with a draw against Aizawl before picking up wins against DSK Shivajians and Churchill Brothers.

I-League: East Bengal beat Churchill Brothers; Vineeth hat-trick powers BFC to 3-0 win over Mumbai FC

I-League: East Bengal beat Churchill Brothers; Vineeth hat-trick powers BFC to 3-0 win over Mumbai FC

Vineeth struck in the 45th, 57th and 65th minutes in a match dominated by the home side for most part.