Indian Football

IM Vijayan: A Look at the Achievements of India's Legendary Footballer

Arjun Singh Devgan
IM Vijayan is a legendary figure in Indian football
IM Vijayan is a legendary figure in Indian football / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Former India national team skipper, IM Vijayan was one of the biggest names in the sport during his career, with the 51-year-old still a respected name among the fans and a bonafide legend not only in India but across Asia.

Vijayan held a slew of records during his career and here, we take a look at some of them.

1) First Player to win multiple AIFF Player of the Year awards
Vijayan won the AIFF Player of the Year three times during his career in 1993, 1997 and 1999. The striker was the first player to win it more than once and his haul has since been overtaken by footballing superstar, Sunil Chhetri.

2) Fastest goal in Indian football history
Vijayan holds the record for scoring the fastest goal in Indian football history, with the feat coming against Bhutan in the 1999 South Asian Games held in Nepal. He needed only 12 seconds to score a goal.

3) Conferred with the Arjuna Award
The 51-year-old was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2003 and was also nominated by the AIFF for the Padma Shri honour in 2020.

4) National Observer for Football in India
Vijayan was appointed as the National Observer for Football by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in 2017 - an prestigious honour.