With 72 goals from 115 appearances, he is the second most active goal scorer in world football, second to Cristiano Ronaldo, ahead of Lionel Messi.
He played for the American MLS side Kansas City Wizard and Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.
He is the all time leading goal scorer and the most capped player for the national team.
He is a 5-time AIFF Player of the Year Award winner, two-time winner of the Federation of Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year Award.
He has won the I-League and the Indian Super League.
“Abuse us, criticize us, but please come to the stadium and watch the match of indian football team”
This request is made by the Indian football captain via a Twitter video ahead of the Intercontinental Cup match against China, in Mumbai, two years ago. In a country that focuses on other sports, including cricket, where you are winning matches but there was none to cheer for, he pleaded to the fans.
“To all of you, who support big European clubs and support ‘your’ European club with so much passion and sometimes you feel that ‘The level is not the same and why waste your time?’ Agreed. The level is not the same, not even close but with our desire and determination, we will make sure and try our best to make your time worth. ”
He has played for Mohun Bagan, JCT, East Bengal, Dempo, Chirag United, Churchill Brothers, Mumbai City and Bengaluru FC.
To the captain who led us, to the captain who made us believe, to the captain who dared to dream. A small town boy, to the one who rules our heart today. Every time he set foot in the pitch with that national team jersey, the hope we feel, the faith we have is something we cannot put it into words. We owe so much to you that you made us dream big.
Happy 36th Birthday to the ‘Captain Fantastic’ Sunil Chhetri, our very own captain, leader, legend!
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– by Indian football fans. ?