Chettri is currently at par with IM Vijayan on 40 while Bhaichung Bhutia stays at the top with 42. "The fact of the matter stays that had I thought of it, I would have never reached here. If you do so your target becomes narrow. We have come into the SAFF Championship as a team and we want to do good as a team. Everyone has a specific role in the team. It's not that someone who scores is superior to the other," said Chettri.

"Unless goals win you matches they don't matter at all. And as long as the Team wins it simply doesn't matter as to who has scored them," he added. Chettri said it is a different feeling since he has high regards for both Vijayan and Bhutia.

"I wasn't that fortunate enough to play alongside IM Vijayan. But I have been fortunate enough to have watched many of his matches and he is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players India has ever had. But at the same time I have been fortunate enough to have played alongside Bhaichung-bhai and I owe a lot to him. He has been a great mentor to me with his teachings both on and off the field. He has helped me a lot to evolve both as a player," he said.

Chettri, however, has a better strike rate than both Vijayan and Bhutia. Vijayan has 40 goals from 79 matches while Bhaichung's 42 goals came from 107 matches. Chettri is on 40 from 74 matches.

India's top-five goalscorers-

Bhaichung Bhutia: 42 goals from 107 matches
IM Vijayan: 40 goals from 79 matches
Sunil Chhetri: 40 goals from 73 matches
Shabbir Ali: 23 goals from 72 matches
PK Banerjee: 19 goals from 36 matches