New Delhi, today is Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri’s birthday. Born on August 3, 1984 in Telangana, Sunil Chhetri turned 37 today. Sunil Chhetri has achieved many milestones in his career. He is the highest scorer for India. Sunil Chhetri, who made his international debut against Pakistan in 2007, has seen many ups and downs in his career. Today, though Chhetri is the star of Indian football, there was a time when the team’s coach even called him a failed player. Let’s talk about five great things about football team captains.
Sunil Chhetri scored 74 goals in 118 matches in his international career. His goals per match average is 0.63 which is better than Ronaldo and Messi. Ronaldo averages 0.61 goals per match, while Messi averages 0.5 goals per match for Argentina. However, when it comes to most international goals among current players, Ronaldo is number one with 109 goals. UAE’s Ali Mabkhaut and Lionel Messi are second with 76 goals and Sunil Chhetri is third.
Sunil Chhetri inherited the game. His mother Sushila Chhetri and his twin sisters were international footballers. Sunil Chhetri’s mother and his sisters were members of the Nepal national football team.
When Sunil Chhetri was linked with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon in 2012, he was insulted by the team’s head coach. Sunil Chhetri said in an interview that the coach questioned his fitness and asked him to be sent from the A team to the B team. Sunil Chhetri was associated with the club for 9 months where he got to play only 5 matches. Chhetri was also linked with Kansas City Wizards of America in 2010, though he returned to India within a year.
Sunil Chhetri became the first player to score 50 goals for India and won the All India Football Federation Player of the Year award 6 times. Sunil Chhetri was the first to receive this honor in 2007. After that, he was Phil’s Player of the Year once in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018–19.
Sunil Chhetri’s father was in the army, so he lived in many parts of the country. Sunil Chhetri did his schooling in Gangtok. He then studied at the Army Public School in Delhi. He also studied in Kolkata and dropped out after 12th standard as his football career took off after him.
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First Published: August 03, 2021, 06:34 IST