India star reacts after overtaking Messi

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India star Sunil Chhetri has reacted to overtaking Lionel Messi on the world's all-time leading international goalscorers' list.

Chhetri, 36, climbed to 11th place on the all-time standing on Monday when he netted a brace during India's 2-0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier win over Bangladesh.

The Bengaluru star has netted 74 times in 117 appearances for his national team, which saw him overtake Messi who has scored 72 goals in 143 games for Argentina.

In fact, the veteran striker is now the second-highest scoring active player in the world, with only Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo (103 / 174) having found the back of the net on more occasions.

Chhetri, who will break into the top eight with his next goal, was reluctant to dwell on his achievement and revealed that the time for reflection would come at a later stage.

"I do not count the number of goals," he said after the match, per The Hindu. "Ten years later, we will sit together, have a chat and then count."

"You know what," all of this is in the past," he added when pressed. "We play Afghanistan [next] and we have to be at our best. It will be a new day, a new canvas and it's up to us to paint it the manner we want to."

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