Sunil Chhetri is a 35-year-old professional footballer from India. He captains the Bangalore side in the Indian Super League as well as the Indian national football team. Chhetri plays both as a striker or winger and has earned the nickname Captain Fantastic. He scored the second-highest number of goals only after Christiano Ronaldo, among all active male football players in international matches. Chhetri is the most capped player as well as the top goalscorer of all time for the Indian national team.
In this article, you will learn about Sunil Chhetri income, earnings, salary, early life, professional career and other information.
SUNIL CHHETRI LIFE
Sunil Chhetri was born in the city of Secunderabad in Telangana, India, on 3rd August 1984. His mother is Sushila Chhetri and his father K.B. Chhetri, with the latter being an officer in the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers of the Indian Army. He took part in various football tournaments at a young age. His mother and her twin sisters played football for the Nepal women’s national team. His father played for the Indian Army’s team.
SUNIL CHHETRI INCOME 2020: $1.1 LAKH (APPROX)
Sunil Chhetri girlfriend for a long time, Sonam Bhattacharya, married him on 4th December 2017. Sonam is the daughter of Subrata Bhattacharya, former Mohun Bagan legend and Indian National football player.
SUNIL CHHETRI CAREER
Sunil Chhetri began his career as a professional footballer at Mohun Bagan in the National Football League, after playing at New Delhi with City FC, in the year 2002. Then he joined JCT in the year 2005 and scored three goals that season. During his stint at JCT, Chhetri scored 21 goals in 48 games.
In 2008, rumours began to surface that international clubs like Leeds United of the Football League One and Estoril Praia of the Liga de Honra, the second division of Portugal were interested in signing Chhetri, however, no transfer materialized. Sunil Chhetri then signed with East Bengal, one of the major clubs of the I-League, in 2008 and scored on his debut against Chirag United. He then went on to score an important goal for his club during the Federation Cup, against his former club JCT.
After being released by East Bengal, Chhetri signed a 2-year contract with fellow I-League side Dempo on 22 May 2009. On 30 August 2009, it was reported by Hindustan Times that Chhetri had signed a three-year contract with Queens Park Rangers of the English Football League Championship, but was denied a work permit visa by the British Government because India was not in the top 70 of the FIFA World Rankings.
Chhetri’s first international tournament was the 2007 Nehru Cup, where he scored two goals in the opening game against Cambodia. He scored and assisted in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, in a 4-1 home win against Macau. In the main competition, he captained India to a 13 match winning streak before succumbing in the final match to Kyrgyzstan.
Sunil Chhetri income comes primarily from the ISL where he is a part of Bengaluru FC as well as the national team where he is the captain. He currently plays for India and Bengaluru FC, where Sunil Chhetri salary is reported $11000 (~ ₹8,14,000). Mumbai FC bought him in 2015 for ₹1.13 crore, which also contributes to Sunil Chhetri earnings.
Indian football players in the national squad earn about ₹50 lakhs per annum, and as the captain, Sunil Chhetri earnings would definitely be on the higher side. All of the above can be considered to be contributing to Sunil Chhetri salary annually, which stands at $1.1 Lakhs. According to Forbes 2017 Celebrity rankings, Sunil Chhetri networth is about ₹2.30 crores.
SUNIL CHHETRI HOUSE AND CARS
Sunil Chhetri car collection includes a Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the Audi A6 luxury sedan. The SX4 is no longer sold here, so was replaced by a Ciaz. He also recently bought the Royal Enfield Continental GT.
After living in three different houses throughout his career, Sunil Chhetri now resides in Bangalore in his house with his wife Sonam and their kids.
Sunil Chhetri is a fantastic football player who has done his country proud. He has led from the front, in both domestic and international matches. Chhetri is the highest goalscorer for his country, any footballer’s dream. Reportedly the networth of Sunil Chhetri is ₹2.30 crores.
He joined the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer, becoming only the third player of renown from the Indian subcontinent to play abroad. Under his captaincy, India won 2007, 2009 and the 2012 Nehru Cup. The AIFF named him Player of the Year a record six times, making him one of the biggest legends of Indian football.