Sunil Chhetri goes past Lionel Messi as India record historic win at AFC Asian Cup 2019
New Delhi: Fans on Twitter were thrilled with football skipper Sunil Chhetri’s performance on the field, as he took his international goal tally to 67, overtaking Lionel Messi’s record of 65.
India found the back of the net on four occasions, as they thumped Thailand in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup 4-1.
Chhetri fired in a brace and goals from Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua sealed a comfortable win for India and fans on Twitter didn’t hold back in showing their support, tweeting with the hashtag #BackTheBlue and #THAvIND.
“Sunil Chhetri has been at the forefront of the conversation on Twitter when it comes to Indian football. His plea to fans in 2018, urging them to rally around the Indian football team, became the Golden Tweet of the year with 60K retweets,” Head of Sports Partnerships, Asia Pacific, Twitter Aneesh Madani said.
“It looks like his Tweet last year has worked its magic, and we’re now seeing a wave of support for him and his team mates whenever India take to the football field. Twitter is where football happens, and it has given fans a chance to connect with the beautiful game,” he added.
In a match that saw India dominate from start to end, the men in blue did face a slight hiccup. After India took the lead early in the first half, Thailand managed to claw back with an equalizer in the 33rd minute.
When India needed someone to restore the lead, it was none other than Chhetri who slotted home a fine finish to make it 2-1 for India.
It was this goal that also featured among the most talked about moments of the match. The goal was just the start of a flurry of conversations on Twitter, with fans on the platform cheering on goals from Thapa and Lalpekhlua.