The skipper of the Indian national football team and the greatest striker of all time, Sunil Chhetri turned 39 today i.e. August 3, 2024.
When it comes to Indian football, there’s one name that comes to everyone’s mind ‘Sunil Chhetri’. The legend has amassed 92 international goals in just 142 matches which also makes him the fourth top goal scorer of all time in the history of International football.
The striker has won numerous individual and team awards over his two-decade career. The Secunderabad-born footballer, who debuted for Mohun Bagan SG in 2002, proceeded on to represent the Major League Soccer (MLS) unit, Kansas City Wizards in 2010 and the Primeira Liga club, Sporting CP in 2012.
The seven-time All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year has additionally played for East Bengal FC, Dempo, Mumbai City FC (MCFC) and Bengaluru FC (BFC). Chhetri also claimed significant club honours with the Bengaluru-based team, including the Hero I-League (2014 and 2016), Indian Super League (ISL) (2019), and Super Cup (2018). In 2016, he additionally guided Bengaluru FC to the AFC Cup final.
On the national front, Chhetri aided India to win the Nehru Cup in 2007, 2009, and 2012 along with the SAFF Championship in 2011, 2015, 2021 and 2023. He contributed to India winning the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008, which enabled them to compete in the AFC Asian Cup in 2011 after 27 years.
The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awardee himself implies that India does not need a new Chhetri, but rather someone who is better than Chhetri. That is what defines the individual’s mentality, which makes him a source of inspiration to many rising talents.
With India’s recent success on the football field, players have enhanced their credibility among brands to endorse their products. Nonetheless, the 39-year-old has always been one of the top names when it comes to an Indian footballer who commonly promotes several renowned brands. From being the top Indian goal scorer in history and being the first Indian to net a hat trick in ISL, many know Chhetri’s on-field achievements, however, now let’s take a look at SC11’s outing on the commercial field, as well.
Sunil Chhetri’s net worth in 2023 is expected to be around INR 12.50 crore, attributed to contracts with BFC and AIFF and his earnings from multiple brand deals.
As per data, Chhetri owns an Audi A6, Toyota Fortuner, Kia Seltos and Mahindra Scorpio in his garage. Chhetri also has a lavish house in Bangalore, around 7,000 square feet.
The Indian football skipper has inked associations with many notable brands such as sportswear brand Puma, the FMCG firm Pintola, Twelfth Man, CRED, Fire-Boltt, and sports content platform VU Sports, among others.
In 2015, Chhetri joined hands with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India, a non-profit organisation, to support the earthquake victims in Nepal and India. Moreover, the No. 11 along with Renedy Singh aided Manitombi’s family after his untimely death after a prolonged illness.
Last but not least, the captain fantastic also supports VOSD Hospital in Banglore to help stray dogs.