Sunil Chhetri Birthday Special: A Legend of Football With Amazing Records
India is celebrating the 38th birthday of the Captain of the Indian National Football Team – Sunil Chhetri. Let’s know about his extraordinary achievements.
Sunil Chhetri, a professional Indian football player who plays as a striker and captains for Bengaluru FC as well as India.
He was born in Andhra Pradesh, India, on August 3, 1984. He has played for the national team the most times and has scored the most goals overall for the nation.
Sunil is tied with Hungarian star Ferenc Puskas for sixth place on the international scoring list with 84 goals, two goals behind seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
Sunil Chhetri thinks it would be wonderful to play in front of home fans during the AFC Asian Cup.
In 2001, Sunil Chhetri began his youth career at the City Club of New Delhi. A year later, Mohun Bagan recruited him for his first professional outing.
He left the team in 2005 and continued on his adventure, playing for many different clubs along the way, including the Portuguese club Sporting CP, where he was a member of the reserve squad.
Chhetri earned his ISL debut in 2015 with Mumbai City, who selected him as the most expensive player at the auction for rupees 1.2 crores.
He was Mumbai FC’s leading goal scorer for the season and the first Indian player to record a hat-trick in the ISL.
For the 2015–16 I-League season, he returned to Bengaluru on loan from Mumbai City FC, and he assisted them in winning the championship for the second time in 3 years.
He agreed to a one-year contract with Bengaluru in 2016, and during the 2018–19 season, he won the Indian Super League.
He inked a contract extension and intends to continue with the squad until 2023. He has frequently been the club’s leading scorer.
On August 3, the Indian Football Team Captain – Sunil Chhetri turned 38 years old. Let’s look at some of his best achievements, records & awards he earned in his athlete career.
List of Records & Awards of Sunil Chhetri
- Sunil Chhetri is the only player who has won the AIFF Player of the year award 6-times.
- Sunil is India’s most capped player of all time with 129 appearances.
- He is also India’s all-time top goal scorer with 84 goals.
- Sunil Chhetri ranks 5th in international goal-scoring charts.
- He has scored 185 goals in 388 club appearances.
- He is a 3-time I-league winner.
- Sunil Chhetri was awarded the ‘Arjuna Award’ by the government of India in 2011.
- Sunil has also been awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ in 2019, which is India’s 4th highest civilian award.
- He has also received ‘Khel Ratna’ in the year 2021.