The world witnessed yet another Indian wonder being recognized for his zeal when yesterday (Sept 27) FIFA shared a post mentioning Indian Football Team Captain Sunil Chhetri shown standing on third position, with ace footballer Christiano Ronaldo on number one and GOAT Lionel Messi on number two position. FIFA's move of mentioning of Chhetri with Ronaldo and Messi is largely being welcomed by Indians across the world.
In a recent post, FIFA tweeted "You know all about Ronaldo and Messi, now get the definitive story of the third highest scoring active men's international. Sunil Chhetri ; Captain Fantastic is available on FIFA+ now". Few months ago, FIFA had started a new "Regional Content Initiative". The initiative itself was considered to be a good move as the Association had then already announced the inclusion of India's football star and national team captain Sunil Chhetri in it.
Although India hasn't yet played a World Cup, but FIFA had decided to include Chhetri in the series, considering the player's global popularity, skills and excelling game stats. As per the earlier reports, "Some of the parts have been shot in Bangalore as he is living there while a bit of shooting also took place in Delhi, where his parents live and where he grew up."
When the news was announced of his inclusion in the FIFA series, Chhetri had also received a congratulatory message from top EPL club Tottenham Hotspur for equaling Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas' tally of 84 international goals. If we look at his game stats, then the Indian Football team captain is just two goals behind Lionel Messi's tally of 86 goals.
He is the third-highest goal scorer in international football among active players, a list that is topped by Cristiano Ronaldo. The reason why he is seen standing on the third position in the picture FIFA has recently shared.
The player, who is also renowned for his humble nature, when asked about his record after India's qualification to the Asian Cup, had stated, "I genuinely don't care about records and personal milestones. I just want to enjoy myself as I move on to the last moments – just go out and enjoy on the pitch."