India’s ‘Captain Fantastic’ Sunil Chhetri turns 36 today

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first_imgGuwahati: India’s National football team captain Sunil Chhetri, also known as ‘Captain Fantastic’, has turned 36 on Monday, August 3. Chettri is one of the most successful footballers from the country, whose dedication and hard work take football towards world recognition. Born in Secunderabad, August 3, 1984, he is the highest ever goalscorer in Indian football history with 75 goals in 115 international appearances. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa He is also the 2nd highest international scorer among active footballers; only behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and ahead of Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Notably, he who played key roles in a number of triumphs for the country, including the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, 2011 SAFF Championships, and 2012 Nehru Cup. To ensure India’s qualification in Asia’s premier football tournament for the 2019 Asia Cup, Chhetri scored 8 goals for the third time in India’s history. Chhetri played for three years with Mohan Bagan in 2002, with whom he began his club career, before moving to JCT in 2005. In the same year, he also made his debut in international football, scoring a goal against Pakistan. Also Read – COVID-19: Football team observes ‘social distancing’ during match, loses 37-0Chhetri has been adjudged AIFF Player of the year for a record six times, FPAI Indian Player of The Year twice. In 2011, he was even honored with the Arjuna Award and in 2019, Padma Sri – the fourth-highest civilian award in India. Before he started to gather attention from international clubs like Queens Park Rangers, Celtic and Leeds United, he played for clubs like East Bengal and Dempo SC. In 2010 he finally signed for Major League Soccer side Kansas City Wizards. He joined Bengaluru FC in 2013. Also Read – Big push to sports infra in Mizoram, gets Khelo India State CentreThe club won two I-League titles in 2013-14 and 2016-17, and Chhetry was the centre of this success. Final. Eventually, he got a chant for himself from Bengaluru FC’s famous West Block Blues – “We’ve got Chhetri, Sunil Chhetri, I just don’t think you understand!” With all these records and claims to his name, Chhetri paved a way for many youngsters who want to take up the sport as a future option.Also Read: Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Patna cop in Mumbai “forced into quarantine”last_img

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