When we talk about football in India the first name that comes to our mind is Sunil Chhetri. The Indian striker was recently named as the 6th Indian Footballer in Padma Shri list and now, he has been honoured with the first-ever Football Ratna award by Delhi Football, the State Association that is governing the sport in Delhi. The award ceremony took place in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital and President of Delhi Football, Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran gave the award to Chhetri.
All India Football Federation has quoted Chhetri, “I am honoured by the kind gesture of Football Delhi for recognizing me with the Football Ratna award. My support will always be there for the development of football in Delhi. I am sure the current management is working hard to develop football, and make Delhi a model football state in India. My best wishes to everyone associated with the sport in Delhi.”
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Talking about giving the first Football Ratna award to Chhetri, Dr. Prabhakaran said, “It is a great honour for us to confer first ever ‘Football Ratna’ to Sunil Chhetri, and we express our gratitude and thanks to Sunil for his time and inspiration to develop football in Delhi. We at Football Delhi are inspired by the spectacular achievements of Sunil Chhetri. His professionalism, dedication, discipline and passion, on and off the field is an example not only for the Indian football fraternity but also for every Indian to dream big and achieve something spectacular in life.”
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