Top 10 things about star Indian footballer we bet you didn’t know

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Football is without a doubt the most popular sport on this planet. More than 200 countries have taken up the beautiful game over the years and its fan following is widespread. India is no exception to this theory as the several thousands of Indians follow and support the game ardently. Here is the amazing fact about current Indian Football Captain, ‘Sunil Chhetri

               

The most admired Nepalese origin footballer Sunil Chhetri was born on August 3, 1984 in  Secunderabad (Telangana).Being the son of an army office, Sunil Chhetri is the all-time top goal scorer for the team. 5 ft 7-inch soccer fireball has been making the nation proud. With the jersey number 11, he plays as a striker for the Indian National Team and Bengaluru FC in Indian Super League (ISL). His international career began in the year 2007. Just 33 years old Sunil Chhetri comes with bountiful experience that benefits both the Indian National Team and the ISL side to defeat their opposition teams.

As a kid Sunil had to move to different cities but often refer New Delhi as his hometown. He enrolled himself at Bahai School in Gangtok, Bethany’s in Darjeeling, Loyola School in Kolkata, and Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan in New Delhi. He gave up his education after getting an opportunity to represent India at Asian School Championship in Malaysia in October 2001.

He has played for ten different clubs so far with the first being Delhi-based City Club, whom he joined as a 17-year-old. He has also represented Delhi in the Santosh Trophy. His first big move came in 2002, when he joined Mohun Bagan, spending three seasons there. It was a great learning experience, as he was playing in front of big crowds and in high pressure matches as a teenager.

Chhetri, the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals with a forward to boot.  He  played for the national team for the first time on June 12, 2005, against Pakistan where he scored his maiden goal. During the 2018 World Cup Qualifying match, he scored his 50th goal against Guam.

As of 11 October 2017, Sunil Chhetri has scored 56 goals which make him the top goal scorer for the team. On March 30, 2004, Chhetri played his first game for the Indian U-20 team. Then on April 3, 2004, Chhetri scored 2 goals against Bhutan U-23 team. His team won the match 4-1.

For his exemplary form and achievements for his club and country he has won the renowned, All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year four times in the year 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014 In 2007, he was  also the top scorer for India in the Nehru Cup and led the team to the victory with 4 goals.

In 2011, he was awarded by Arjuna Award for his outstanding achievement in National Sports in which he scored 11 goals in 20 Club appearances and 13 goals in 17 international matches.

In 2013, he reached the mark of 43 goals for the country. He had won the I–League crown while playing for the Churchill Brothers. On 19th of July, 2013, he joined the amazing Bengaluru FC. In 2014, he had scored 14 goals in I–League season. He had gone past the fabulous I M Vijayan who had won the award 3 times in 1992, 1997 and 2000.

On 14th of April, 2010, Chhetri made his debut for the Wizards in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification game against the Colorado Rapids in which he got a yellow card and sat out of the game. His team had lost the match 1 goal against 2 goals. He then became the third Indian to play outside of South Asia and the first Indian to play in MLS. Then on 25 July 2010, Chhetri played for the Wizards against the spectacular, Manchester United as a substitute for Teal Bunbury in the 69th minute where Wizards won the match 2 goals against 1 goal.   

In 2011, on Feb 5th, Chhetri had officially left the Wizards team. His coach at Kansas City team quoted, “One thing we really like about Sunil is that he’s a crafty player. Technically he’s very sharp, and he’s a guy that has good attacking tendencies.”

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