Sunil Chhetri, Guest Keynote

Celebrity Keynote

Sunil Chhetri

Captain Fantastic

Wednesday, November 28

5:45 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Hall 4

Sunil Chhetri, who earned the nickname Captain Fantastic, is only the second player to reach the 100-game mark after Bhaichung Bhutia’s 104. He has brilliantly equaled the record of Lionel Messi for the number of international goals, making him the second-highest goal scorer after Cristiano Ronaldo. He is also the only Indian to have played in the USA’s Major League Soccer (USA) with Kansas City and Portugal’s Liga de Honra with Sporting Club de Lisbon. He is currently playing for Bengaluru FC.

 

As the undisputed leader of both his club and the country, there is little wonder that Sunil has won All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year on four occasions, in 2007, 2011, 2013, and 2014. From being a middle-class boy who would stitch his own boots due to lack of money, to being the most remarkable and the richest football player that India has seen, his journey has been awe-inspiring. His decade-and-a-half-long professional career has not been an easy one, but he is enriched by the very experiences which would have broken most.