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Sunil Chhetri on his comparison with Lionel Messi: All the players in the world are his fan

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri has said that there was no comparison between him and Argentine forward Lionel Messi and that every footballer in the world is a fan of the Barcelona superstar.

Indian Football team captain Sunil Chhetri (AIFF Image)


  • Sunil Chhetri has said that there was no comparison between Lionel Messi and him
  • People who understand football, they know there is no comparison: Chhetri
  • Chhetri recently surpassed Lionel Messi’s international goal tally with 2 goals vs Bangladesh

Sunil Chhteri scored a brace against Bangladesh in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers on Monday, taking his international goal tally to 74, two more than Lionel Messi and fans have started comparing the talismanic India captain to the Argentine superstar.

Fans also compare Chhetri with Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the only active footballer to score more international goals than the 36-year-old. Ronaldo has netted 103 times in 174 games.

A question arises, what does Sunil Chhetri thinks about these massive comparisons? Sports Today has got the answer for you. In an exclusive interview, Chhetri has said that there was no comparison between him and Messi and that all the footballers in the world are fans of the Barcelona forward.

“Messi, Ronaldo comparison: There are no comparisons. People who understand football, they know there is no comparison as far as the players are concerned. There are thousands of players who are better than me in the world and all of them are fans of Messi. So now you know the comparison” Chhetri told Sports Today.

Chhetri on his thought process while stepping on the field

Further, Sunil Chhteri said that is focus is entirely on the game when he steps on the field. He also revealed that he stays away from social media avoids redlining anything himself and the players ahead of the match. Chhteri also talked about how he deals with his critics.

“When the match starts, I don’t think about anything but the game. How to score, making runs, it’s okay if I missed, make another run, all basic technical stuff. I’m not thinking about anything apart from the game.Before the game I dont read anything about myself or the players. That is something I do religiously. I anyway don’t spend too much time on social media reading stuff that I don’t like to read. I have different interests and I do read about them. As far as my critics are concerned, I keep them away before a game because at the end of the day I am human and it might affect me, which is not needed. I try to keep that away and take the game as it is,” he said.

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