New Delhi: National team captain Sunil Chhetri was named the ‘AIFF 2014 Player of the Year’ for the second consecutive year on Saturday.
Sunil Chhetri (right) vies for the ball against a Jordan player during their 2014 Incheon Asian Games match at Munhak Stadium in September. Pic/Getty Images.
The 30-year-old Chhetri was chosen for the award on the basis of votes from coaches of I-League Clubs. He led Bengaluru FC to its maiden I-League title in the first year of its participation. Chhetri, who had also won the award in 2013 will be presented a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh besides a trophy, an AIFF release said.
This is his third ‘AIFF Player of the Year Award’ in four years and fourth overall. In the process, he overtook legendary I M Vijayan’s feat of winning it three times. Chhetri had earlier won the award in 2007, 2011 and 2013 while Vijayan had won it in 1992, 1997 and 2000.