Sunil Chhetri’s name will always be listed in the legendary footballers not just in India but internationally as well. He is the one who is an inspiration for many especially for those who want to be a football player. Sunil has brought Indian football to different heights. He is the pride of India. In the country where sport like cricket is very dominant, he significantly made the space for football as well. He is one of the most down to earth sports players India have who keeps simplicity at its best.
The captain of the Indian football team who is also popularly known as ‘Captain Fantastic’ has many accolades on his name. Sunil is the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals, the ace footballer has scored 72 times from 112 outings, while Cristiano has 99 goals to his credit from 164 outings. Lionel Messi is behind Chhetri with 70 in 138 outings. In 2018 Intercontinental Cup India lifted the trophy beating Kenya in the final, and Chhetri was declared the Best Player of the tournament, having scored 8 times more than any other player. Sunil Chhetri was honored with Arjuna Award in 2011.
His achievements are exceptional and his name will be written in golden words in the history of Indian sports. He has given a lot to Indian football and because of him, many people have taken football as a career. He is the player who has an immense sense of social responsibility.
Recently, during Assam floods, he had urged people that Flood-hit Assam needs our attention and assistance Along with the prayers, Assam needs as much attention and help as possible to recover from the floods it is under. Sunil Chhetri has also advised the national women’s football team players to start preparing for the 2022 Asian Cup.
The skipper not just wins hearts through his phenomenal game but also through is a kind gesture. We cannot forget the way he pleaded Indians through an emotional appeal to support Indian football players on his social media; it rolled down tears from the eyes. And that was the hard-hitting reality.
So now its time for us to be the change. Some fans prefer European football club matches but not Indian, I guess we should take a pledge that we will support Indian football as much as any other game, that will be the biggest gift for the skipper Sunil Chhetri and would definitely say A God Of Indian Football!