Indian Football

Indian Football: Sunil Chhetri on the Cusp of Matching Bhaichung Bhutia's Record

Arjun Singh Devgan
Bhaichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri are two of the greatest footballers to come from India
Bhaichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri are two of the greatest footballers to come from India / PRAKASH SINGH/Getty Images
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India national team skipper, Sunil Chhetri is without doubt the biggest footballing superstar in the country, with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours duing his career so far.

Chhetri who celebrates his 37th birthday today is gearing up to embark on his 20th season of professional football when the 2021/22 campaign of the Indian Super League (ISL) kicks-off later this year.

When it comes to his country, he has played for the Blue Tigers for 16 years consecutively, only behind the record set by another Indian footballing legend in Bhaichung Bhutia - with the striker recording at least one appearance in every single calendar year for 17 straight years from his debut in 1995 till his retirement from international football in 2011.

Chhetri for his part made his India debut in 2005 and has made an appearance for his country atleast once every calendar year so far. Should the India captain continue to play for India with an international cap in an official match through 2022, he will be able to match Bhutia's record of 17 straight years with an international cap.

The striker has established himself as an all-time great for the country and he is India's all-time record goalscorer with 74 goals from 118 appearances.

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