Sunil Chettri – India’s finest footballer over the last decade, Sunil Chettri as captain of the team has lead from the front always. Setting examples with his performances and achievements, Chettri has been the mainstay of the Indian football side, helping rack up personal milestone and records in the process. We take a look at some of Chettri’s achievements and bring to you some facts about the footballer that you must know.
- He was born to K.B. Chhetri who played for the Indian Army’s National Team. His mother, Sushila Chhetri played for Nepal’s Women’s National Team.
- He pursued his schooling from Bahai School in Gangtok, Bethany’s in Darjeeling, Loyola School in Kolkata, and Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan in New Delhi. He gave up studies in class 12 eventually after he got a chance to represent India at the Asian School Championships in Malaysia in 2001.
- He first began his career with the Delhi-based City Club, whom he joined as a 17-year-old. He went onto join Mohun Bhagan at the age of 18.
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- Played for the Indian football team for the first time in 2005 in a tour of Pakistan. Joined JCT football club in the same year where he first established himself as a good striker.
- His form in the 2006-07 National Football League (NFL) caught the eye of people as he scored 12 goals and was adjudged the NFL Player of the Year for it. That impressive season saw Chhetri win the AIFF player of the year award in 2007. He also won his first major trophy with the Indian side after lifting the Nehru cup.
- Joined Bengaluru FC in 2013 and won the I-League title with them on their debut campaign.
- Is the most-capped player and highest scorer for the Indian national team.
- Overtook Lionel Messi recently to be behind only Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of all time top scorers for their country.
Has won the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year four times in the year 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014