Sunil Chhetri adjudged as AIFF Men’s Footballer of Year 2019
Published: July 10, 2019
Talismanic Indian captain Sunil Chhetri has been named as the AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year for a record-extending sixth time. He is the most capped player of the country with 109 matches, ahead of former captain Bhaichung Bhutia (107). Chhetri, with 70 goals for India, is also the second-highest active international scorer — only behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (149). He currently plays for Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League (ISL). Beside Chhetri, Indian midfielder Abdul Samad was named the AIFF Emerging Men’s Player of the Year. Ace India international Ashalata Devi was named the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19, while Dangmei Grace was adjudged the AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19. Earlier, Chhetri won the honour in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.