Bengaluru FC and Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri is synonymous with longevity in the league. 

Since its inception, he has been a constant presence, gracing every season and representing two distinguished clubs – Mumbai City FC and Bengaluru FC. Throughout the years, his enduring qualities of quality, class, and calibre have remained constants, making him one of the finest players in the league.

Ten seasons on, at the age of 39, Chhetri continues to defy the passage of time, maintaining his fitness and delivering stellar performances. As the oldest player in the league, he not only boasts numerous personal milestones but has an ISL Cup to his name.

This Saturday, as Bengaluru FC host Hyderabad FC, Chhetri stands on the brink of yet another significant milestone – his 150th league appearance. This achievement aligns him with a select few players like Kerala Blasters FC’s Pritam Kotal (157), Odisha FC’s Amrinder Singh (153), and East Bengal FC’s Mandar Rao Dessai (152). 

Ahead of this remarkable feat, let's explore some captivating goal-scoring statistics that define his illustrious journey in the league up to this point.

Favourite targets 

Chhetri has found NorthEast United FC to be one of his preferred opponents in the league, facing them 18 times – the highest against any team. During these encounters, the Bengaluru FC forward has made a significant impact with 10 goal contributions, scoring seven times and providing three assists – the most against any opponent in the league.

In terms of goal-scoring statistics, Chhetri has been most prolific against Mumbai City FC, finding the net nine times in 16 games. Despite a relatively lower win rate of 38 percent against them, it stands as the lowest when he has scored or assisted against any league team.

Against Kerala Blasters FC, the veteran striker boasts the highest success rate, securing victories in 62 percent of the matches. In 13 games, he has notched up eight goal contributions, comprising seven goals and an assist.

Opponent Games played Games won Win percentage Goals Assists Goals + Assists
 NorthEast United FC 18 9 50% 7 3 10
Mumbai City FC 16 6 38% 9 0 9
Chennaiyin FC 16 8 50% 6 2 8
FC Goa 15 6 40% 5 0 5
Kerala Blasters FC 13 8 62% 7 1 8
Jamshedpur FC 13 6 46% 5 1 6
ATK FC 11 6 55% 2 0 2

Landmark goals

Sunil Chhetri has impressively scored 60 goals in the ISL, securing the second-highest position behind Bartholomew Ogbeche, who leads with 63 goals. Despite this, Chhetri proudly holds the title of the league's highest-scoring Indian player, with no one coming close to his remarkable record. Lallianzuala Chhangte from Mumbai City FC trails with 32 goals, almost half of Chhetri's prolific tally.

Chhetri achieved a significant milestone when he netted his 50th league goal in the 2022-23 season against Hyderabad FC. Currently, only three players, including Odisha FC's Roy Krishna, have surpassed the 50-goal mark, with Krishna accomplishing this feat in the ongoing season.

In the current season, Chhetri continues to shine with four goals for Bengaluru FC, and no other Indian player has matched his scoring prowess. His most recent goal came against Punjab FC, marking not only a successful season but also his 60th goal in the league.

Team Opponent Date Match No Goals Goal Number
Bengaluru FC Chennaiyin FC 17-12-2017 23 1 10th
Bengaluru FC  FC Pune City 11-3-2018 37 3 20th
Bengaluru FC  NorthEast United FC 11-3-2019 56 1 30th
Bengaluru FC  Chennaiyin FC 4-12-2020 77 1 40th
Bengaluru FC  Hyderabad FC  11-2-2022 110 1 50th
Bengaluru FC  Punjab FC 3-2-2024 146 1 60th

Man for the occasion 

with an impressive 42 of his goals originating from inside the box. His proficiency extends to penalty situations, where he has expertly converted 16 spot-kicks. Additionally, he has showcased versatility by scoring one goal each from a direct free-kick and outside the box.

While Chhetri is celebrated as a matchwinner for India on the international stage, his impact at the club level is equally significant. Having opened the scoring 25 times, he boasts 17 goals that have proven to be decisive winning goals.

The Bengaluru FC captain maintains an exceptional win rate of over 60 percent whenever he finds the net. Out of the 51 games he has scored for Mumbai City FC and Bengaluru FC, an impressive 33 have resulted in victories whenever Chhetri contributed with a goal. Notably, his association with former club Mumbai City FC is adorned with a remarkable record, as they have never suffered a defeat when he was on the scoresheet.

Team Matches Scored Matches Won Lost Drawn      
Mumbai City FC 4 4 0 0      
Bengaluru FC 29 11 11 7