Sunil Chhetri: A glorious international career at a glance

Born: August 3, 1984

Debut on June 12, 2005: vs Pakistan (Quetta)

Matches played: 150 (captain in 87 matches)

Goals scored: 94 (Top goalscorer for India) 

Trophies Won–

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Cup in 2007, 2009 and 2012
  • AFC Challenge Cup in 2008
  • Hero Intercontinental Cup in 2018 and 2023
  • Hero Tri-Nation Cup in 2017 and 2023
  • SAFF Cup in 2011, 2015, 2021 and 2023


  • First Indian to score 50 international goals
  • Scored four hat-tricks for India. Vs Tajikistan in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup Final at New Delhi; Vs Vietnam in 2010 Friendly at Pune; Vs Chinese Taipei in 2018 Intercontinental Cup at Mumbai; Vs Pakistan in 2023 SAFF Cup
  • Only Indian to score a hat-trick in the final of an International Tournament – AFC Challenge Cup at New Delhi – 2008
  • Scored in three finals of the SAFF Cup 2011, 2015-16 and 2021
  •  Scored at least one goal in his first, 25th, 50th, 75th, 100th, 125th and 150th matches


  • Arjuna in 2011
  • Padma Shri in 2019
  • Khel Ratna in 2021
  • Asian Icon by the AFC in 2018
  • AIFF Player of the Year in 2007, 2011, 2013,2014, 2017, 2019
  • FPAI Player of the Year in 2009 and 2018
  • AFC Challenge Cup Most Valuable Player in 2008
  • SAFF Player of the Tournament in 2011
  • Hero of the Intercontinental Cup in 2018

    (Stats by Gautam Roy)

Also Read: Big brother, wonderful human being, the GOAT: Chhetri an inspiration to teammates

Also Read: A beautiful dream will come to an end on June 6, says Sunil Chhetri

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