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India Football: Subha Ghosh opens up on the 'priceless' advice given by Sunil Chhetri

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sunil Chhetri is the most popular footballer in India
Sunil Chhetri is the most popular footballer in India / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

East Bengal youngster, Subha Ghosh has opened up on meeting his idol and India national team icon, Sunil Chhetri, revealing that the Indian legend gave him priceless advice - something which he follows in both his life and career.

Ghosh who shot to fame as a super-sub for Kibu Vicuna’s Mohun Bagan in their victorious 2019-20 I-League campaign, has struggled in recent times, playing only 63 minutes since moving to the Indian Super League (ISL).

The 21-year-old admits that he is desperate for more minutes on the pitch, considering that he only got to make three appearances, which came at the business end of the league phase. However the youngster is determined to cope through the hard times, while opening up on the advice that Chhetri gave him.

"I’ve been following Chhetri bhai since childhood and my father has always wanted me to emulate him. I waited a long time to meet him. While playing for ATK Mohun Bagan, I was confident about meeting him during one of our two ISL games against Bengaluru FC that season. That, however, didn’t happen. Then I couldn’t play at all after moving to Kerala Blasters (laughs)! After waiting nearly two years, I finally met my God in March 2022," he said in an interview with Sportskeeda.

"From the moment I stepped on the pitch, I kept looking at Chhetri bhai. I didn’t allow any of my teammates to mark him. I had told them that I would only mark him and prevent him from scoring (laughs)! After the match, Chhetri bhai gave me priceless advice - "vent your anger on the pitch and in the gym, nowhere else". He said that even while facing Sunil Chhetri, you should believe that you’re the best player on the day. We had the whole conversation in Bengali. I’m getting goosebumps," the youngster added.

Ghosh will be looking to get his career back on track come next season and considering that he is still 21-years-old, he still has time to deliver on the promise that he showed at the start of his career.