India's Immense Love for Sunil Chhetri in 5 Heartfelt Tweets!

Indian Football team captain Sunil Chhetri and Rajamouli heartfelt plea

Indian Football team captain Sunil Chhetri and Rajamouli heartfelt plea

Chhetri who will be playing his 100th global game for India scored a hat-trick in the first match of the worldwide Cup securing a 5-0 win against Chinese Teipei. Jeje Lalpekhlua followed Chhetri's footsteps to score a stunner right into the top corner of the goal from a hard angle.

And Chhetri did not disappoint the home crowd with two goals in his 100th global appearance as India won their second successive match of the Intercontinental Cup with a 3-0 victory.

Before the game, the skipper had posted a video on social media platforms pleading people to come and watch the team play and get involved in Indian football. "I feel it is important to support and encourage our athletes, be it football, hockey, badminton, tennis, wrestling, cricket. They pour their heart out for us, least we can do is be there!"

The national team Harambee Stars suffered their second defeat under coach Sebastien Migne as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of India at a rain-swept Mumbai Football Arena.

"To all of you, who have lost hope and do not have any hope in Indian football, I request you to come and watch us in the stadiums".

"It is not fun to criticise and abuse on the internet, come to the stadium and do it on our face". "To everyone who is not a football fan, please come and watch us for two reasons".

Chhetri's video went viral with Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar being among those who retweeted him or posted their own videos in support. "The dream is to represent the nation and it is India", he said.

About the Sunil Chhetri penalty, it is debatable if there was a nudge or not.

Despite the strong show, the national team plays its games in front of mostly empty stands in India. Chhetri began his professional career at Mohun Bagan in 2002. He was signed by the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer in 2010, becoming the third player from the subcontinent of note to go overseas.

The final of the Intercontinental Cup will be played on 10 June.

Nonetheless, Chhetri is now ranked third in the list of internationally active players with the most number of goals, just beyond Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Chhetri overtook US worldwide Clint Dempsey and drew level with David Villa after he scored hat-trick against Chinese Taipei, to climb to joint third on the list of the highest active global goalscorers in football.

A four-minute lapse allowed India to find the breakthrough courtesy of Chhetri before Lalpekhlua put them two to the good.

Things are looking up on the pitch, however, as India will play at the expanded 2019 Asian Cup finals in the United Arab Emirates after missing out in Australia three years ago.

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