With his third strike in the ongoing SAF Championship match against the Maldives on Wednesday, the legendary Pelকে surpassed the legendary Pel in the number of goals, becoming a year-old philosopher and clearly taking his approach to the game to the final stage. His glorious career.
Chhetri said “it is a fact that it (her career) is going to end soon” and told herself to enjoy every moment of it.
“Now I’ve got a very simple mantra. There’s very little time left, very little game left, go quietly and give your best. It’s going to be over in a while),” If you want to know, he added.
“Stop crying, stop rejoicing, stop celebrating too much, stop humiliating yourself because all this will be over soon. At this moment I will pick myself up, go there and try to give my best because I know it’s a fact. That it is going to end soon. ”
But in the same breathless breath, he made it clear that the next few years would not be inevitable.
“SC11 isn’t going anywhere for the next few years. So relax,” he said.
The third most productive international goal scorer among the active players behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the motivational player says he prefers to stay away from outside noise as he doesn’t have too many matches left in his career.
He made his international debut against Pakistan in Quetta in 2005 under head coach Sukhwinder Singh and broke all possible records in Indian football.
He has played a record 124 matches for India in his 16-year long career. He has been the poster boy for Indian football since the retirement of former captain Vaiching Bhutia in 2011.
“Swear, ya log compliment karte hey … I try to forget everything, I go there and try to give my best. Missing, I’ll miss the goal, I’ll score, I’ll finish the goal.
“Because I don’t want to regret that I could do this and that. I want to do everything now.”
Asked about surpassing Great Pel, Chhetri said, “Everyone who knows football knows that there is no comparison with (Pel).
“Very little footage of the great man (Pele) but from what I can see, he was a dynamic and strong footballer. Football was different then, the game was cruel then.
“Nonetheless, he has scored so many goals and this speaks to his tremendous achievement.”
Chhetri said her short-term goal is to get India to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup in China. He played in the 2011 and 2019 editions of the continental show-piece event.
He admitted that his team did not play as expected in the first two draw matches of the SAF Championship against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka but gradually improved.
“It was a starting point for us in the tournament,” he said.
“We needed to beat a tough team like Maldives in the Maldives and also play in a hostile environment (home fan support).
“We are an influential team in the region and I think we are going to the top at the right time and we can make it to the finals,” Chhetri said.
Chhetri chose Manveer Singh, India’s first goal scorer against Maldives, as his potential successor in scoring goals.
“I’m relying on Manvir when I’m done. He’s an animal, a machine, he’ll be in the top three in each of our training tests.
“The problem is he played it right for Mohun Bagan in ISL but he is No. 1 in the national team. He is young and so he can’t adapt (from one position to another) and so sometimes he stops. He will learn from the experience. He is our weapon. . ”
Among others, Chhetri chose Apua, Rahim Ali, Aniruddha Thapa and Liston Kolako as future goal-scorers.
“The country needs better players than Sunil Chhatris. We have to improve and be better than before. In the future we will have better scorers than Sunil Chhatris, that is hope and we have to be patient.”