2019 can be considered to be the Indian Football team captain, Sunil Chhetri's year, who despite crashing out of this year's AFC Asian Cup, has had a brilliant run and made (and broken) a series of records such as surpassing Argentine legend Lionel Messi's international record of being the second highest active goal scorer.March 17, 2019
And now, with the 2019 Indian Super League (ISL) coming to an end, Chhetri also has his first ISL title under his belt as Bengaluru FC defeated Goa FC behind a single goal forced in by Rahul Bheke in the 117th minute with a miraculous header, that went in despite Goa keeper N. Kumar's hand coming in contact.
“It is a great feeling for me as I scored in the final minute of the final. I am really happy and it will be a memorable moment for me,” said the 28-year-old who is no less than a superhero for the people of Bangalore for bringing home the title.
Bheke's goal not only won the Blues their first title but also gave them direct access into the next season of AFC Asian Cup.
The title also comes as sweet redemption for national skipper Sunil Chhetri who spoke out in the post-media coverage: "Last year after the final, I said next year we'll come back. Right from the ball boy to Carles (Cuadrat the coach), everyone wanted this.”
“We wanted to win it (the title) badly. When you lose the way we did last year, it's sweet to win this one.”
Suddenly with a loud bang on the table in front of him, the 34-year-old veteran came alive and said: "and you know what Asia? We are back."
Asia, let's meet soon. #WeAreBFC— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) March 17, 2019
The conviction in his eyes and the determination in his voice was a testament to his nature of hungry for being great at what he does. Dare we say, the same fire can be seen in the eyes of someone we all know for doing spectacular things on a daily basis; Cristiano Ronaldo.
Not afraid of calling out the rest of the continent which includes some of the better teams of international football, Chhetri ranks this victory as 'top two'.