Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri etched his name into the record books on Wednesday afternoon when he scored his 90th goal in Indian top flight football against Aizawl FC at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Aizawl.
He surpassed the 'Sikkimese Sniper' Bhaichung Bhutia's tally of 89 goals in splendid fashion when he scored a stunning strike from outside the penalty box to level the scores for Bengaluru in what was ultimately a 1-1 draw. Chhetri could have scored his 91st goal but missed a penalty, making it a bittersweet day for the forward.
The record takes into account goals scored in the erstwhile National Football League (1996-2007) and the I-League (2007 - present).
Chhetri made his debut in India's top-flight football for Mohun Bagan in the 2002-03 season and scored his first league goal in a 3-0 win over Churchill Brothers on 2nd March 2003. The Secunderabad-born Chhetri scored the opener before George Ekeh and Jose Barreto sealed the win for The Mariners.
Chhetri then went on to play in India's premier footballing league for the JCT Mills, East Bengal, Dempo, Chirag United, Churchill Brothers in addition to a second spell at Bagan before joining Bengaluru FC, scoring plenty of goals in the process.
The 32-year-old is also the highest goalscorer for the Indian National Team with 51 goals in 91 appearances.