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3 Reasons why Sunil Chhetri is India's GOAT despite bowing out of the AFC Asian Cup

Sudarshan
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693   //    15 Jan 2019, 09:50 IST

Sunil Chhetri has always been the player for the big occasion
Sunil Chhetri has always been the player for the big occasion

Sunil Chhetri is worshipped for his contributions towards Indian Football. Rightfully so, he has done plenty of homework with pure hard work, perseverance, and passion to get up there by shattering plenty of records over the last decade.

Despite an early exit in the AFC Asian Cup 2019, his subsidy to his national team cannot be brought into the question.

After managing to secure qualification to the tournament after eight years, the Blue Tigers kick-started in a dramatic fashion by thumping Thailand 4-1, but consecutive defeats to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain ended the campaign for India.

The Indian International has been one of the few gifted players in Asia who has the capability to compete in some of Europe's top leagues. Despite playing for more than two clubs in India, he is loved everywhere across his nation.

He has made that kind of an impact to everybody associated with the national team and the fans who have sung his name on numerous occasions.

When nation needed one player to rise to the occasion, Sunil Chhetri did exactly that to turn the attention towards the Indian football. Here is his interview asking for maximum support.

"Encourage us, watch us, abuse us, criticise us, talk about the game, go back home and have discussions, make banners but please get involved. This is a very important time and juncture in Indian football and football in India needs you guys. So here am requesting you - come and support us."

People like Sunil Chhetri will not come often. In this article, we shall look at three reasons why he could go down as India's greatest footballer ever.


#3 Most Number of Appearances for India

Upon his appearance against Bahrain in the AFC Asian Cup, Chhetri was on level with Bhaichung Bhutia with the number of appearances with 107.

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Having played for India in different age groups, Sunil Chhetri's debut for the senior team did not come too far. The striker made his debut against Pakistan and scored in the game to get a name for himself in the starting eleven.

He has featured for India in Nehru Cup twice, AFC Asian Cup twice and the SAFF Champions once during his extraordinary fun-filled career till date.

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