Sunil Chhetri beat Eldor Shomurodov of Uzbekistan within the ultimate as 5,61,856 voters determined over 19 days.
- News18 Sports
- Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 11:22 PM IST
After 5,61,856 votes over 19 days, Sunil Chhetri was voted because the favorite participant of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup by followers, edging out Eldor Shomurodov of Uzbekistan within the ultimate.
The ballot was carried out by Asian Football Confederation on their official Instagram deal with as Indians flooded the profile to vote for his or her Captain, Leader, Legend.
Sunil Chhetri beat Shomurodov 51-49 p.c votes within the votes after and trailing within the preliminary phases of the voting.
At the event in United Arab Emirates, India defeated Thailand 4-1 earlier than shedding to hosts UAE and Bahrain to crash out within the group stage.
Chhetri just lately accomplished 15 years on the highest stage for India, having performed for the nationwide males’s soccer group 115 occasions and scoring 72 objectives. He made his debut in opposition to neighbours Pakistan in Quetta on June 12, 2005.
He is the second highest worldwide scorer amongst lively footballers, behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and above Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
At age 35, Chhetri has been continually requested about his future plans and when he’ll deem match to hold up his boots, with Chhetri letting his ft do a lot of the speaking.
In a latest interview the Indian footballer was fielded the identical and he mentioned that: “I’m having fun with my soccer and am not going away anytime quickly.”
“I’m lucky to have performed 15 years for my nation. It is a dream, 3-Four years extra most likely and it will likely be (practically) 20 years. Who would have thought to play 20 years and so I’m residing on my dream,” he added.
Sunil Chhetri will subsequent be in motion for the Blue Tigers, because the Indian males’s nationwide group is often known as, within the joint qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
India will face Qatar at residence on October 8, then tackle Bangladesh away on November 12 and host Afghanistan on 17th of the identical month.
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