1/28/2019 3:39:36 PM (GMT+3)

Sunil Chhetri to be conferred with Padma Shri award

Sunil Chhetri to be conferred with Padma Shri award

NEW DELHI: Sunil Chhetri is all set to become the sixth footballer to be awarded with the Padma Shri – India’s fourth highest civilian award.

The Award was announced for his contribution to the field of sports on Friday, etching his name in the history books along with former Padma Shri awardees – the Late Gostho Paul, the Late Sailen Manna, PK Banerjee, Chuni Goswami and Bhaichung Bhutia.

Often leading from the front and parading a commanding presence around the opposition box, Chhetri in his career has won three Nehru Cups (2007, 2009, 2012), an AFC Challenge Cup (2012), and two SAFF Championships (2011, 2016).

Performances for club and country has also led the Bengaluru FC forward to five AIFF Player of the Year Awards and he was recognized as an Asian icon by the Asian Football Confederation on August 3, 2018.

He also holds the record for the highest Indian goal-scorer in International football with 67 goals, and currently sits in second place behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo for the highest active goal scorers in International football.