Indian football icon Sunil Chhetri is one of the greatest footballers , who has been an infallible warrior for a long time. The Indian Captain is the fourth Highest International goal scorer among active players after Cristiano Ronaldo, Ali Mabkhout, and Lionel Messi. Sunil is also the most capped player and all-time top scorer for India.
Chhetri played his first game for the Indian U-20 team, where India defeated the Pakistan U-23 team in the 2004 SAF Games. On 12 June 2005 Sunil Scored his first international goal for the senior Indian national football team against Pakistan. Thereafter,, Sunil Chhetri went on to show his brilliance and scored 74 International goals in 118 matches till date and is widely regarded as ‘Asia Icon’
The Indian Captain has played key roles in India’s victory in 2007, 2009, and 2012 Nehru Cup and 2011 SAFF Championship. For his brilliant contribution as a player, Chhetri has been named AIFF Player of the year for a record six times and had been the heart of the Indian football team.
Sunil Chhetri has been honoured with Arjuna Award and Padma Shri by the Government of India for his outstanding achievement in sports.
But the aforementioned things are something many of us are aware of Sunil Chhetri. So on the occasion of Sunil Chhetri’s 37th birthday, here we present you five unknown facts about our Indian Captain.
1. Highest in the World!
You will be amazed to know that Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri has the highest goal-scoring ratio per match with an amazing ratio of 0.62 and he surpasses International football legends like Ronaldo with a ratio of 0.54 and Messi of 0.52.
2. Sunil Chhetri is only the third Indian Footballer to be Signed by a Foreign Club.
In 2010, Chhetri became only the third Indian football player to be signed by a foreign club. He joined Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer and Sporting Club De Portugal of the Primeira Liga.
3. Sunil Chhetri married his Coach’s daughter.
You will surprise to know that Sunil Chhetri married his longtime girlfriend Sonam Bhattacharya, who is the daughter of the former Indian international and Mohun Bagan player Subrata Bhattacharya
4. Football Family.
Sunil Chhetri was born to Indian army officers KB Chhetri and Sushila Chhetri in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh. While his father played football for the Indian Army’s Team, his mother and her twin sisters had played for the Nepal Women’s National Team.
5. His favourite Cheat Meal!
Sunil loves food and his favourite Cheat meals are Samosas and Vegan Pizzas.
On his birthday, NLC Wishes the Legendary Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri a powerpack year ahead.