Sunil Chhetri turned 37 today on August 3, the Indian football captain was born in 1984. The striker plays for the Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC with number 11 on his jersey. He captains both, his club Bengaluru FC as well as the national football team.
Chhetri first time appeared in the jersey of the Indian national team sixteen years ago against Pakistan in the year 2005 when he was 20 years old during the nation’s three-match series. Sukhwinder Singh provided an opportunity for the talisman to debut for his international career in which he netted his first goal for the Blues as an equaliser 1-1 draw.
The forward clenches several records for not only in Indian history but his most outstanding records includes him in the highest goalscorer on an international platform. He has netted 74 goals in his 117 international arrivals which is the most number of appearances and is enlisted fourth in the highest active international goalscorer in the world following Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (109), Argentina’s Lionel Messi and UAE’s Ali Mabkhout (76).
Sunil has also registered the most number of hat-tricks in international football (3) that puts him as the highest goalscorer from India in the I-League and the Indian Super League.
The Bengaluru FC winger has netted 19 goals in the AFC Cup and AFC Champions qualifiers combined that is the most by any player from India. He is the only Indian player who has performed on three several continents including Asia, Europe (Sporting Club de Portugal) and North America (Kansas City Wizards).
The player who started his career with Mohun Bagan is the second-highest goalscorer in the ISL league history with 47, has achieved it all to be honoured for.