World football governing body FIFA has released a three-episode series on the life and career of talismanic Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri in recognition of his achievements and goal-scoring exploits.
FIFA announced that the three episodes are available on FIFA+, its streaming platform.
“You know all about Ronaldo and Messi, now get the definitive story of the third highest scoring active men’s international. Sunil Chhetri | Captain Fantastic is available on FIFA+ now,” the FIFA tweeted from its World Cup handle.
The 38-year-old Chhetri is third in the list for active footballers with most international goals with 84 strikes to his name, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (117) and Lionel Messi (90).
“The first episode takes us back to where it all started…all leading up to his India debut at the age of 20. Close associates, loved ones, and footballing colleagues help tell the tale — apart from the man himself, the man affectionately dubbed, ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’,” the synopsis of the first episode said.
The second episode was about Chhetri starting to perform wonders for the national team, his big dream of playing professional football for a top-class overseas club.
In the third episode, Chhetri reached the zenith of his professional career and his personal life. Trophies piled up and records were shattered.
Sunil Chhetri thanks FIFA
“The Indian Captain said “I am extremely humbled to have a docu-film capturing my life’s story through the lens of the people who’ve made me who I’m,”.
“I would like to thank FIFA and RISE Worldwide for bringing alive my life using such a creative and engaging narrative.
I hope that this documentary-film serves as an inspiration for the new generation of Indian footballers to serve the ultimate dream of making India a global football powerhouse,” added Chhetri.
Sunil Chhetri made his India debut in 2005 and since then has played in 131 matches, including the one against Vietnam on last Tuesday.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi took it to Twitter to congratulate the star player and said, ‘Well done Sunil Chhetri! This will certainly boost football’s popularity in India’.