These players are outright legends for their respective countries.
Sunil Chhetri scored a sensational brace which guided India to a 0-2 victory over Bangladesh in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying campaign on Monday. The match saw the skipper score his 73rd and 74th goal in his international career for India, two more than Lionel Messi’s 72 goals for Argentina. The 36-year-old is now second in the list of active goalscorers in international football.
Chhetri finds himself in exalted company and is only second to Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo. His feat also brings our attention to the most prolific active goalscorers in world football at the moment. Below is the list of the top 10 highest active international goalscorers right now:
10. Edin Dzeko – Bosnia-Herzegovina (59 goals)
Edin Dzeko represents Bosnia-Herzegovina in international football. The AS Roma forward has scored 59 goals for the national team in 114 caps. Furthermore, Dzeko is also the highest goalscorer in the history of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The 35-year-old still has a few years before he would consider retiring as a professional and could add more goals to his tally.
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Sweden (62 goals)
Sweden’s legendary striker Zalatan Ibrahimovic has scored 62 goals for the national team. The 39-year-old recently came out of international retirement to help the country at Euro 2020. However, he had to withdraw due to an injury. The forward may not return to the national team considering his age, but one cannot expect the ordinary when Ibrahimovic is part of the discussion.
8. Romelu Lukaku – Belgium (63 goals)
Romelu Lukaku is one of the most lethal goalscorers in international football. The Belgian forward has scored 62 goals for the Red Devils in merely 96 appearances. The former Manchester United striker will look to guide his team to the title at the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 and one can expect Lukaku to rise further in these rankings with time.
7. Luis Suarez – Uruguay (63 goals)
Luis Suarez is next on the list, having scored 63 goals for the Uruguayan national team. The Atletico Madrid striker will play in the upcoming Copa America 2021 and will most likely add more goals to his tally. Suarez is also the all-time leading goalscorer for Uruguay and will look to deliver more strikes at the Copa America.
6. Neymar – Brazil (68 goals)
Neymar is hailed as one of the most gifted players in world football. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker represents Brazil on the international stage. The 29-year-old has scored 67 goals in 106 games for the national team. He will also hope to add more goals to his tally during the upcoming Copa America 2021 in Brazil.
5. Robert Lewandowski – Poland (69 goals)
Poland’s Robert Lewandowski is next up on the list with 69 goals to his name. The Bayern Munich striker has played 122 matches for the national team. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Poland. The 32-year-old will lead the country’s charge at Euro 2020 and should score more goals on the international stage.
4. Lionel Messi – Argentina (73 goals)
Lionel Messi has scored 73 goals to date for Argentina on the international circuit. However, his international goalscoring feats do not hold a candle to his form in club football. Having said that, Messi is still one of the leading active goalscorers. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will hope to guide Argentina to Copa America glory and score a few more goals in the process.
3. Sunil Chhetri – India (74 goals)
India’s all-time leading goalscorer Sunil Chhetri has now scored 74 goals on the international stage. The forward is aging like fine wine and continues to lead the team by example. Chhetri is a leader on and off the pitch and inspires millions back home. He has a few more years of top-level football left in him and could add more goals to those he has.
2. Ali Mabkhout – UAE (75 goals)
Ali Mabkhout is one of the two Asian players in the top-10 highest active goalscorers in international football. The veteran striker has scored 73 goals for the United Arab Emirates in merely 91 games. The 30-year-old will continue to feature in future for the national team and will most likely add more strikes to his tally.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal (109 goals)
Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading active goalscorer in international football. The Portuguese is the only active player to score more than a century of goals. He has 109 strikes for Portugal in 178 appearances. Ronaldo will continue to lead the team in upcoming major tournaments despite heading towards the final stages of his career. The Portuguese is also the highest goal scorer in the history of the UEFA European Championships.
**The article was last updated on June 24, 2:12 AM IST