Indian Football

Happy Birthday Sunil Chhetri: 4 Records Held by the Indian Skipper

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sunil Chhetri turned 37-years-old on August 3
Sunil Chhetri turned 37-years-old on August 3 / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Indian national team skipper, Sunil Chhetri is without doubt an icon of the sport in the country and one of the greatest footballers to come from the subcontinent nation. The striker has won numerous professional and individual honours in his career so far, and is the Blue Tigers all-time record goalscorer.

As the iconic striker turns 37 today, we take a look at some of the records created by him during his career so far.

1) Chhetri is India's all-time highest goalscorer in international football with 74 goals to his name, and is well ahead of his nearest competitors. The likes of Indian footballing legends IM Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia scored 29 and 27 goals respectively during their careers.

2) The 37-year-old holds the record of making the most international appearances for India. He has played 118 games so far, with Bhutia coming in second with 107 appearances to his name.

3) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) only instituted the Player of the Year award in 1992, and since then no player has won it more than Sunil Chhetri. The striker has won the award a record six times, while Vijayan (3), Bhutia (2) and Jo Paul Ancheri are the only players to win the award more than once.

4) Chhetri has played for the likes of East Bengal, Dempo, Chirag United, Mohun Bagan, United Sports Club and Bengaluru FC in the I-League and is the all-time highest goalscorer in the league's history with 90 goals. The second highest Indian scorer is Bhutia with 89 goals.