Happy birthday Sunil Chhetri, he turns 38 this year on, August 3. After starting his successful growth in 2002 at Mohun Bagan, Chhetri transferred to JCT, where he amassed 21 goals in 48 matches. Sunil competed for Delhi in the 59th Santosh Trophy competition, which was held there. In the competition, he struck six goals, along with a hat-trick versus Gujarat.
The talented player had an up-and-down trajectory before making his maiden flight versus Pakistan in 2007. His coach once cautioned him that he wasn’t good enough to play for the national squad. He has nonetheless developed a niche for himself in Indian football even after dealing with these obstacles. On Sunil Chhetri’s 38th birthday, let’s talk about some know some fun facts about his career.
Sunil Chhetri Birthday: Interesting Career Facts About The Indian Football Team Captain
1. Total Goals
In 118 international games, Sunil Chhetri has netted 74 goals. His 0.63 goals per game record puts him ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi achieves 0.5 goals each game for Argentina, compared to Ronaldo’s 0.61 per match. Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored on the international stage with 109. With 76 goals each, Lionel Messi and Ali Mabkhaut of the UAE are in second place while Sunil Chhetri is on third.
2. Family connection with Football
Sunil Chhetri acquired this skill through his family, who all played football professionally for the Nepal National Football Team, including his mom Sushila Chhetri and his older twin sisters.
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3. Six Player of the Year Awards
Sunil Chhetri became the inaugural player to reach 50 strikes for India, and he has won the Player of the Year Award from the All India Football Federation six times. This respect was first bestowed to him in 2007. Then, in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018–2019, he replicated this accomplishment.
Sunil’s father served in the Indian Army, which made Sunil get his primary education in a lot of places in India due to all the movement. He studied in Gangtok and after that, he went to Army Public School in Delhi. When he was pursuing his further education in Kolkata, he had to leave and join the football team.
5. Part Of Sporting Lisbon Club
In 2012, Sunil Chhetri was a member of Sporting Lisbon in Portugal. However, in an appearance, he stated that the team’s top coach at the moment had doubts about his skills and wanted to move him from the A squad to the B team. Despite staying with the team for nine months, he was only able to participate in five games. In 2010, he also played for the Kansas City Wizards of America, but he soon went back to India.