10 things you should know about Sunil Chhetri

10 things you should know about Sunil Chhetri

Chhetri is only the second Indian to feature in 100 international matches after former skipper Bhaichung Bhutia. DH file photo

- His father KB Chhetri played for the Indian Army team while his mother Sushila Chhetri and her twin sister played for the Nepal women's national team.

- Chhetri began his professional career at Mohun Bagan in 2002.

- On March 30, 2004, Chhetri played his first game for the Indian U-20 team. He played for the national team for the first time on June 12, 2005 and scored his maiden goal

- He has been named AIFF Player of the Year four times - 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014

- Chhetri is married to Sonam Bhattacharya, daughter of former Indian footballer Subrata Bhattacharya.

- He had signed for English club Queen’s Park Rangers but his work permit was rejected by the British government

- Chhetri's favourite players are Lionel Messi and David Villa

- He is only the second Indian to feature in 100 international matches after former skipper Bhaichung Bhutia.

- He became the joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Messi (64 goals)

- Chhetri and Messi are currently in joint 21st on the all-time list of goal scorers