Sunil Chhetri receives praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi after FIFA releases a series about the football captain!
Following FIFA’s launch of a three-episode series on the player’s chosen profession, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team, and claimed that this will increase interest in the game in India. “Congrats to Sunil Chhetri! The prominence of Indian football will undoubtedly increase as a result,” Modi tweeted.
The three episodes can be found on FIFA+, the organization’s streaming service, according to a FIFA announcement. Learn the full story about the third-highest scorer in active men’s international competition, because you already know everything about Ronaldo and Messi, FIFA tweeted. That Chhetri, who has 84 goals for his nation and is tied with Ferenc Puskas of Hungary for the most goals scored in international competition, is only a few goals behind Ronaldo, Ali Daei, and Mokhtar Dahari is even more impressive.
Chhetri: Everything you need to know
Chhetri has been a stalwart in the Indian football system for many years and recently added the Durand Cup to his bundle of trophies with his Bengaluru FC team. Since making his senior team debut in 2005, he has led India’s offensive effort.
Inviting the well-known East Bengal SC fan Jamuna Das, also known as “Lozenge Mashi,”to have dinner with his team recently wowed the hearts of billions and billions of admirers. He is also well-known for his charitable endeavors.
In Delhi, the 59th Santosh Trophy competition was played, and Sunil was a member of the team, along with a hat-trick against Gujarat, he managed to score six goals.
In 2010, he signed with the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer, and became the subcontinent’s 3rd notable player to go overseas. He resurfaced to India’s I-League, where he featured for Chirag United and Mohan Bagan eventually returning to Portugal.
The fourth highest civilian award in India, the Padma Shri, was given to Chhetri in 2019 for his exceptional sporting accomplishments. He was given highest sporting honor, the Khel Ratna Award, in 2021, and Arjuna Award in 2011.
Career in the club
During the 2017-18 Indian Super League Season, he led all Indian scorers in the league with 14 goals. He was Bengaluru’s second leading scorer and was awarded Hero of the League. With 9 goals, he led Bengaluru to the Indian Super League title win in 2018-19. He became Bengaluru’s leading scorer for three straight seasons during the 2020-21 campaign with 8 goals. Chhetri made history on February 15, 2021, when he became the first player for Bengaluru FC to make performances. A two-year contract extension was finalized by Chhetri, it was revealed on June 20.
Chhetri returned his ownership and control to the club from Mumbai City after signing a 1 year contract with Bengaluru on June 9, 2016, according to a club announcement. Bengaluru took the lead with Chhetri’s second goal a 30-yard strike, which he scored after receiving the ball from C.K. Vineeth, beating one defender.
He contributed to his team’s unlikely 2-3 victory while away from home in the AFC cup round of 16 games against Kitchee by scoring twice. Bengaluru had never before advanced to the quarterfinals.
Beginning the season in the 2014 Durand Cup, Chhetri played and scored 3 goals, but he conceded a penalty against Salgaocar, and Bengaluru lost because of it.
- East Bengal
Chhetri agreed to sign with I-League team East Bengal well before 2008-09 season even started. On September 26, 2008, he managed to score on his East Bengal opening against Chirag United, a match that East Bengal ended up winning 3-1. He went on to score in the 28th minute.
The one and only goal Chhetri earned for East Bengal against his old team, JCT, helped the team advance to the semi-finals. Chhetri finally proceeded further to score another important goal for East Bengal in the same tournament. When Sunil faced off against Mohun Bagan in the semi-final, their bitter nemeses and another one of his former clubs, he missed the crucial penalty, sending East Bengal home from the competitions.
Chhetri committed to JCT in 2005 for the campaign. Chhetri managed to score three goals in that campaign. Nevertheless, despite Chhetri’s efforts, Delhi was disqualified from the tournament before the quarterfinals after falling to Tamil Nadu 1-0 in overtime.
The following year, halfway through the campaign, Chhetri received the AIFF player of the year award in recognition of his outstanding form and contributions. Rumors about Chhetri attracting interest from foreign clubs surfaced in October 2008. Chhetri mentioned that ” No confirmation as of yet but yes,” implying that there was a chance. But ultimately, no action was taken.
- Mohan Bagan
Chhetri played for the City Football of New Delhi before signing on with Mohun Bagan. He had 4 goals with the team, 2002-03 campaign, which helped Mohun Bagan place seventh in the standings. As Mohan Bagan again placed ninth, they faced Sporting Goa in the first match. He then managed just two goals in total during the 2004-05 campaign; Mohun Bagan finalized eighth in the division and earned a spot in the National League based on goal differential.
In his club football, Sunil typically fills in for his foreign center forward by playing as a left winger. However, he typically plays center forward for the team, which has allowed him to act as a playmaker. Chhetri’s playing style is progressively Kom’s, who is known for his unwavering dedication.
“Chhetri stands alone in his category“, according to Marcus Mergulhao, a sports reporter for The Time of India and a member of one of the most prestigious organizations in Football. According to words, ” He has drawn attention from the media. He is the public face and spokesperson for football inspiring a stage of evolution and giving us hope. Additionally, he is currently performing at his highest level. The previous three years were incredible. The greatest gift that the current generation of football players can give to him is to elevate India into the top ten in Asia and regularly compete against the best teams.”
Wrapping it up!
The series chronicles many aspects of this football star’s life that are rarely noticed, such as his prepubescent suffering, his 20-year-old international debut, his courtship with his new future spouse, and both his initial and apex as a player with numerous accolades to his credit. The player’s beginning to shine for the national team and his desire to play football for a premier foreign club are both explored in the second and third episodes, respectively. In the third, it is demonstrated how he rose to the ranks of both his work and private lives. Records were broken and awards stacked up.