Sunil Chhetri signs 2 year extension with Bengaluru FC. The football club announced that the captain Sunil Chhetri had signed a new two-year deal to keep him at the club until at least 2023. Chhetri, who signed in 2013, will see the new deal extend his stay with Bengaluru into a tenth season.
Chhetri, who joined Bengaluru in 2013, has made 203 appearances for the club since, scoring 101 goals in that time. He has led the club since 2013 and the 36-year-old striker has been relentless in front of goal topping the scoring charts for all 8 seasons he’s played for the garden city. He has been one of the most pivotal figures on the pitch and has also been the face of the club that’s amassed a lot of fame and sponsorship since they were introduced in the ISL.
“I’m really happy to have signed on for two more years at Bengaluru FC. The city is home now, and the people at this club are like family to me. It feels like just yesterday that I signed for the first time here, and I have to say the journey has been nothing short of special. I love this club, the supporters, and the city, all three of which I have a strong bond with, and I’m looking forward to being part of many more great moments with them,” said Chhetri, after completing formalities on his extension.
Chhetri, possibly the best footballer India has ever seen is a 6-time AIFF player of the year who’s led Bengaluru to 5 trophies since joining is also a Padma Shri titleholder. He was also named the Asian Football Confederation’s Asian Iconin 2018.
“Sunil has been an integral part of this club since day one. We all know what he, as a player, brings to the team. But his presence as a leader has been equally crucial to us, and especially to the youngsters coming through the ranks. He is a role model, and his influence and application have been paramount to our success. Over the last eight years, he has made this city his home and we are really happy that he has committed his future to Bengaluru FC,” said club CEO, Mandar Tamhane.
Chhetri, who scored twice against Bangladesh in India’s FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup joint qualifier in Doha earlier this month, has amassed over 100 caps for the country and is India’s all-time leading scorer in international football, with 76 goals.
Recently, the Indian football team captain, went past Leo Messi in international goals as he scored a brace in India’s 2-0 win against Bangladesh.
Bengaluru FC will face Eagles FC in a 2021 AFC Cup Playoff stage clash, in August.
Bengaluru will look to continue its dominance on and of the pitch in the ISL with this deal. It will also be interesting to see if the 36 year old can still produce success on the pitch after a shocking performance from the Blues last season.