Chhetri had made a special record in his name this month. He became the second highest goalscorer in the list of active players, leaving behind Argentine striker Lionel Messi. He scored 2 goals against Bangladesh in the combined qualifiers of FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 and single-handedly led the team to victory and took his international goal count to 74. was.
Messi had overtaken Chhetri two days ago in the Copa America Cup, scoring two goals against Bolivia. Messi now has 75 goals. Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for most international goals. He equaled the record of 109 goals held by Ali Dei of Iran. Chhetri also received the Padma Shri award in 2019. He is the sixth footballer to receive this honour. Chhetri is the second Indian after Bhaichung Bhutia to play 100 international matches.
For the first time in 2020, five players were given the Khel Ratna. It included Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma, table tennis players Manika Batra, Vinesh Phogat, Rani Rampal and para athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu.