Sunil Chhetri is arguably one of the greatest Indians to play the beautiful game in the post television era. His immense goal scoring rate, working output and leadership make him an irreplaceable Indian football icon for years to come. His charismatic persona and scoring statistics has made him the face of Indian football for a decade now.
Chhetri’s exploits with Indian clubs and also in the USA and England, made him rise as the Indian football team captain. He is the most capped Indian football team player and took over the role of national team captaincy from Subrata Pal after the AFC Asian Cup in 2011 and has been the national team captain ever since.
Sunil Chhetri was born on 3 August 1983 to an Indian Army family in Secunderabad and is now 36 years old.
According to Forbes 2017 Celebrity rankings, Sunil Chhetri’s net worth is around US $570 thousand (INR 4.10 crores). His majority earnings come from his salary from Bengaluru FC and the National team allowance. He also endorses brands like Puma and other commercial entities.
Sunil Chhetri met his current wife, Sonam Bhattacharya Chhetri during his stint at Mohun Bagan at the age of 18. Chhetri’s coach at the club was the legendary footballer Subrata Bhattacharya and he ended up dating his daughter, Sonam who was merely a teenager at that time. They both married in a Bengali-Gorkhali ceremony in 2017 after dating for 14 years.
Sunil Chhetri was scouted by Mohun Bagan from Delhi League side City FC in 2002. He then went on to play for premier Indian football clubs like JCT, East Bengal and Dempo before becoming the first-ever Indian to play in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the USA with Kansas City Wizards.
He returned to India to ply his trade with United SC and Mohun Bagan before joining Cristiano Ronaldo’s boyhood club Sporting Lisbon in the Reserves side. He became only the third Indian to play in Europe after Mohammad Salim and Subrata Pal. Chhetri returned to join Churchill Brothers before eventually joining Bengaluru FC. He spent a loan spell at Mumbai City FC before returning to Bengaluru FC where he has been ever since.