ABU DHABI: To say
In the same breath is more than a little odd, is the talismanic Indian striker himself felt once or twice.
On Sunday, he went past the Argentine superstar in the list of goals scored by an active footballer in the international arena, leading, as he has done so many times done, his country to its first win in the
He is the personified personified after going past (in terms of goals scored at least) one of the modern day’s greatest footballers.
“Records do not matter, it does not matter who scores the goals.” Whoever scores the jubilation was the same, I’m glad we got all three points, “Chhetri said after the sensational 4-1 result of Thailand, the team that featured three J-League players in its ranks.
The 34-year-old Chettri scored a world-class goal – his second of the game – but he preferred to talk everything else but his strike, which became a talking point for Indian football fans.
“I could think about my goals some ten years later,” he kept post-match.
“At the moment, we need to focus. The goals need to come and it just does not matter who scores,” he said.
“You can see the jubilation and happiness whenever someone scores. I am so happy for boys. Every one of them ran and defended for their lives.”
Playing in his second Asian Cup and 105th match, Chhetri scored in the 27th (penalty) and 46th minutes for his 66th and 67th goals to become the second highest international scorer.
With 85 strikes from 154 games, only Portugal superstar
remains ahead of India
But Chhetri would rather talk about the difficult upcoming engagements.
“It’s a tough pool when we started thinking, we felt that all others were more experienced and better than us.” But the way the boys fought, it has a lot of character. to play against, “he maintained.
“We may not be the most technical team but we will fight the end, and that’s what the boys showed.
Looking at the statistics and the goal-scoring comparisons between him and them (Messi and Ronaldo), Chhetri had said last year, “It’s even fair. The two players who are above me are full world stars. Messi and Ronaldo. There is no comparison at all.
On Sunday, after his team’s convincing victory, Chhetri was all praise for the abilities of Thailand.
“We saw that in the first half, we knew that if we allowed them space they would just passing the whole park and we could not even touch the ball.
“The goals came in the right times and it helped a lot.”
On the many fans that turned up the Indian team, he said, “The onus was on them … we were so much from them, they have made us so used to all the support. we can give them things to cheer. ”