At the age of 33, Sunil Chhetri is the highest scorer for India. He recently played his 100th international match. In the match against Kenya, India won 3-0. Sunil has scored two out of 3 goals in this match. After Baichung Bhutia, on the basis of his performance, the command of Indian football has stuck on his shoulders. Here are 10 amazing facts about Sunil Chhetri’s career.
1. Starting Of Professional Career
After playing amateur football, his professional career started in 2002. At the age of 17 he was signed for Mohan Bagan.
2. First Match
For India, he started in the year 2005. In the first match they played against opponent Pakistan. He sent his first goal of international career at the age of 20.
3. First Major Tournament
In 2007, he played the big tournament Nehru Cup trophy. In his first major tournament, he scored 4 goals in five matches. At age 22, for the first time, he was named for the AIFF Player of the Year.
4. AFC Challenge Cup 2008
Sunil scored 3 goals against Tajikistan in AFC Challenge Cup final 2008. With these goals, the Indian team not only win the AFC Cup but after 27 years, qualified in the AFC Asian Cup.
5. The Kansas City Wizards Football League
2010-11 proved to be good for Sunil Chhetri. They signed the Kansas City Wizards Football League for their team. After the country’s independence, he became the second Indian to join the professional league abroad.