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Sunil Chhetri Bio – The Undisputed King of Indian Football – KreedOn

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The 2nd highest goal scorer in international football, Sunil Chhetri leads the Indian Football Team again in the AFC Asian Cup championship. The most successful professional footballer of India, plays for the Bengaluru RC in I-league. Born on 3rd August 1984 in a defense family, his father played football for the Indian Army.

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Sunil Chhatri Biography

Details
Full Name
Sunail Chhetri
Age
36 years
Sport Category
Footabll
Date of Birth
3 August 1984
Hometown
Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Height
1.7m
Coach
Igor Stimac
Achievement
Padma Shri-2019. Arjuna Award- 2011. 2nd highest goal scorer in international Football, named an 'Asian Icon' by AFC on his 34th birthday
Networth
$570 K
Spouse
Sonam Bhattacharya
Parent
KB Chhetri & Sushila Chhetri
Teams Played for
Indian Football Team, Bengaluru FC, Mumbai city, Mohun Bagan, JCT, East Bengal
Captain
Indian National Football Team, Bengaluru FC
Alma Mater
Bahá'í School, Gangtok, Sikkim
Playing Position
Forward

Early Life of Sunil Chhetri

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Beginning his football career with a city club in Delhi, Sunil Chhetri quit studies in 12th standard after he took part in Asian School Championship at Kuala Lumpur in October 2001. Representing Mohun Bagan and JCT FC, Chhetri’s passion for football was evident. Under the mentorship of the famous Subroto Bhattacharya, the center forward striker made his way into East Bengal Club.

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Representing JCT (Jagajit Cotton & Textile Football Club), Sunil Chhetri scored 11 goals during the 2006-07 season. Though Dempo Sunil Chhetri KreedOnwon the title, JCT came second. During the first Indian League, Hero I-League, Chhetri scored 7 goals in the season and JCT came third.

Making his international debut in 2007 with the ONGC Nehru Cup, Chhetri displayed exquisite skills. India won the title and Sunil Chhetri became the AIFF player of the year.

Losing out on many opportunities to play for European Clubs, Chhetri’s career was on the rise with the AFC championship. Bagging the AFC Challenge Cup and the Most Valuable Player trophy in 2008, he had just begun to make his mark.

In March 2010 Sunil Chhetri became the third Indian to play outside of South Asia and the first Indian to play in Major league soccer for Kansas city wizards.

“One thing we really like about Sunil is that he’s a crafty player. Technically he’s very sharp, and he’s a guy that has good attacking tendencies.” – Peter Vermes Coach at Sporting Kansas City (formerly known as Kansas city wizards )

Legend of the Game

During the SAFF championship in 2011, Chhetri scored 7 goals becoming the top scorer. India won the SAFF Champion Sunil Chhetri KreedOntitle and in the same year, also qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time. Chhetri was honored with the Arjuna Award and also become the captain of the Indian Team.

During the 2012-13 season, he led the team to win the Nehru Cup becoming the top scorer. Chhetri was loaned to Churchill Brothers to get more playing time.

He scored his first goal for Churchill Brothers on 12th March 2013 against Semen Padang. In this season Sunil Chhetri had scored 4 goals in 8 matches that helped Churchill retain their I-League title.

Chhetri joined the Bengaluru FC for the 2013-14 season, scoring 14 goals and 7 assists in 23 matches. He led the club to its first-ever victory in its debut season. During the 2014-15 season, Chhetri leads his club to victories.

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Why Is Sunil Chhetri India’s All-time Great?

Sunil Chhetri currently plays for Bengaluru FC which currently ranks at 5th position in the I- League. He became the top scorer for India with 53 goals and is in the race with Messi, Ronaldo, and Rooney as the Top Active International Goalscorers.

Chhetri is currently eyeing the AFC Asian Cup 2019 and is working hard with the team to qualify for the tournament.

Facts about Sunil Chhetri

  • Chhetri was born in Secunderabad in Telangana. His parents are Kharga and Sushila.
  • Sunil 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.
  • Sunil Chhetri 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 favorite football team is FC Barcelona.
  • His favorite actress in Bollywood is Konkona Sen Sharma.

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Sunil Chhetri Wife: Sonam Bhattacharya

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The ace Indian footballer was recently in the news after getting married to long-time girlfriend Sonam Bhattacharya. Team KreedOn wishes footballer a happy married life.

Sunil Chhetri is a prime example of how hard work and determination can take you to become a great sportsperson.

Sunil Chhetri Records

  • Highest international goals by an Indian
  • Most appearances for India

  • Most hat-tricks for India

  • AIFF Player of the Year for a record six times

  • Highest Indian goal scorer in I-League

  • Highest Indian goal scorer in ISL

  • First Indian player to score a hat-trick in ISL

  • Most hat-tricks by an Indian in ISL

  • Most goals by an Indian in AFC Competitions

  • First Indian player to have played in three different continents

Sunil Chhetri Career Stats

AFC Cup: Sunil Chhetri Goals

Year
Matches
Goals
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Red
2021
1
1
0
0
2020
2
2
1
0
2018
6
2
1
0
2016-17
9
4
1
0
2015-16
9
5
1
0
2015
5
3
0
0

World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri Goals

Year
Matches
Goals
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Red
2019-22
4
1
0
0
2015-17
8
4
0
0

AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri Goals

Year
Matches
Goals
Assists
Yellow
Red
2019
3
2
0
0
0

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