Happy Birthday Sunil Chhetri
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri turned 36 today and wishes have been pouring in for the Indian Skipper from all around. Social media was flooded with birthday wishes for Chhetri, India’s most-capped football player who has featured in 115 games for India.
He can be termed as the Greatest footballer to have emerged from India. Born in the city of Secunderabad, (in the state of Hyderabad now Telangana) Chhetri is the captain of the Indian football team and ISL club Bengaluru FC whom he led to a title in 2018.
With 72 goals in 115 games, he is the highest goalscorer in the country & is the second highest international footballer among active players, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (149). He has gone past Lionel Messi (68), who is third in the list, during the 2019 Intercontinental Cup opener against Tajikistan.
He played key roles in India’s triumphs in Indian national team’s victory in the 2007 and 2009 Nehru Cup, the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup(second-highest scorer with 4 goals) the 2011 SAFF Championship(outright top-scorer with 7 goals) and 2012 Nehru Cup (joint-top scorer with 4 goals) therefore, was recognized for Arjuna award in 2011.
Chhetri has been in peak form for club and country in the last couple of years and was also named as AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year in 2019.
When Sunil Chhetri Urged his fans for support
This is the time of 2018 when Sunil Chhetri urged his fans for there love and support to come and watch them play. In the video released on Twitter, via Chhetri’s own official handle @sunilchhetri11, Sunil Chhetri urged, and literally begged the Indian public to come and watch the Indian national football team play, with folded hands.
This comes after the Indian team produced an excellent performance to outclass Chinese Taipei 5-0 in front of near-empty stands at the Mumbai Football Arena. This, even after the Indian football team has put in consistent performances over the last couple of years to climb into the top 100 of the FIFA rankings.
In a video, he urged his fans to come and support, “To all of you who have lost hope or do not have any hope in Indian football, I request you to come and watch us in the stadium. It is not fun to criticize and abuse on the internet. Come to the stadium. Do it on our face. Scream at us, shout at us, and abuse us. Who knows, one day we might change you guys.”
He also urged Indian football fans who passionately follow European teams to do their bit for Indian football as well. “To all of you who are fans of big European clubs, and support European clubs with so much passion … Sometimes, you guys think that the level is not the same, so why waste your time? I agree the level is not the same. It is not even close. But with our desire and determination, we will make sure we try our best to make your time worth it. ”
This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen. pic.twitter.com/fcOA3qPH8i
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 2, 2018
Chhetri’s plea was followed by a wave of support from several sportspersons, including Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who urged Indians to go watch football games at stadiums. In a video released on Twitter, Kohli asked fans to take note of Chhetri’s plea and make it a point to support all sports to help the process of building a sporting nation.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 2, 2018
Well said @chetrisunil11. I am bullish about Indian football and am hoping to see it reach new heights in my lifetime. All you football loving youngsters, become a part of this.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 3, 2018
The captain’s heartfelt appeal to fans asking them to come and support the Indian football team in the stadium actually saw the whole ticket being sold out and Mumbai Football Arena witnessed a packed stadium that time.