On Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri’s birthday, we give you some interesting facts about the footballer from Telangana.
Sunil Chhetri. Pic/ AFP
>> Chhetri was born in Secunderabad in Telangana. His parents are Kharga and Sushila.
>> He studied in different schools in Gangtok, Darjeeling, Kolkata and Delhi.
>> His first major move was when he began his professional football career with Mohun Bagan in 2002.
>> He was signed in 2015 by Indian football club Mumbai City F.C. from Bengaluru F.C. for the Indian Super League.
>> Chhetri became only the third Indian footballer to play for a foreign club after Mohammad Salem and Baichung Bhutia when he was selected for Kansas City Wizards in 2010.
>> He is also the second Indian player after Inder Singh to score goals in more than one game at the Asian Cup.
>> Sunil Chhetri is India’s all-time highest goal scorer with 47 goals.
>> He helped the Indian team clinch the Nehru Cup in 2007, 2009 and 2012 as well as the 2011 SAFF Championship.
>> He has been awarded the AIFF Player of the Year award 4 times - 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
>> Sunil Chhetri is a big fan of PlayStation and FIFA.
>> His favourite football team is FC Barcelona.
>> His favourite actress in Bollywood is Konkona Sen Sharma.