Sunil Chhetri favors India’s Sahal Abdul Samad above the hallowed trio of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. At a public event in Kannur, Kerala on Monday, the India captain reacted to a fan’s question saying he values the Kerala Blasters player above all others.
soccer players CK Vineeth, Rino Anto, Rafi Mohammed, NP Pradeep and other well-known sportsmen including hockey great PR Sreejesh have come together to form the F13 football academy under Chhetri. F13 intends to build 70 academies across Kerala with an average of five per district with the aim of reviving the football culture there. The first in Kadirur was inaugurated with great fanfare and after the event the fans had the opportunity to chat with the captain of the Indian national football team.
In Kerala, where World Cup excitement is raging like wildfire, Chhetri was forced to choose between the top three players. Sunil Chhetrifavorite player among Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messiand Neymar Jr. was questioned by a spectator in the crowd.
“Sahal Abdul Samad,” he immediately replied with a smile. Sahal is unquestionably a superstar in Kerala as evidenced by the public response. Over the past ISL seasons, the attacking midfielder has become the face of Kerala Blasters. Sahal was further mentioned as Chhetri’s replacement for the Indian national team. He has two goals for the nation in 20 games so far.
— Abdul Rahiman Masood (@abdulrahmanmash) November 8, 2022
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