“You don’t just choose a sport. The sport chooses you”, Captain Sunil Chhetri how he chose football as a career


Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri has made a mark for himself into every Indian football fan’s heart due to the terrific goal scoring record he has under his boots. Being just second to Christiano Ronaldo in the number of most goals scored as a striker, Chettri is surely someone who has led the Indian team by setting up a terrific example of himself.

Recently, Chhetri has guided India to quite a number of good results at the International stage and on the show 100 Hours 100 Stars, an initiative started by Fever Network, Chhetri has revealed how he chose to pick football as a career.

“I think it is a mutual bond. You don’t just choose a sport. The sport chooses you too. I was doing all the sports when I was young but I never thought that I will make it big as a sportsperson. I wanted to play this sport because I love it and I did not think that I will make it big. I just liked to play,” he said.

Besides, Chettri also gave his opinion about how to handle criticism, and how he himself copes up with times when people criticise him.

“One fine day, I understood that whatever I do, I cannot change people’s perceptions. Sports is about emotions and an action will result in a lot of reactions. I understood that if I start reacting to everything, I am never going to win. So I stopped doing that and I just try to stay in my head.“ he explained.

With 72 goals from 115 International appearances, Chhetri is next to no other player in India. But, according to him, the best time to think about his achievements as a player and a captain will be the time when he bids goodbye to the game.

“Right now I am just happy scoring for my country. Once I am done, I can sit and think about all this,” he concluded.


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