The All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel congratulated talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri for being named for the prestigious Padma Shri Award.
In his statement, Mr. Patel said, “Congratulations! None deserve it more than Sunil. He has been a role model for Indian Football and won so many laurels for India, and all his Clubs over the years. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours, and hope he leads us to further glories in the near future.”
“Your dedication, enthusiasm and valuable contribution to Indian football has been recognised with #PadmaAWards2019. You have done India proud,” Mr. Patel tweeted from his official account.
Sunil is the sixth Indian Footballer in the elite list. The earlier legends of Indian football who have been conferred with the Award include the Late Gostho Paul, the Late Sailen Manna, P.K. Banerjee, Chuni Goswami, and Bhaichung Bhutia.
Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation in his statement said, “Sunil fully deserves the Award. He is a living legend and the icon whom all fans look up to. My heartiest congratulations to him. I wish him all the best for his professional and personal life. You have been a true flag-bearer for Indian football.”