Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri was named the 2013 AIFF Player of the Year by AIFF president Praful Patel during the Annual General Meeting in New Delhi on Friday.
Chhetri, who had earlier won the Award twice in 2007 and 2011, was chosen the winner after voting by I-League Coaches at AIFF Headquarters in New Delhi.
“It feels great and I am very thankful to all the Coaches for voting for me. But then I don’t take it too seriously. It feels good for a while and then you ought to brush it off and move on,” Chhetri said.
Chhetri, who is presently India’s highest-ever goal-scorer in International Football with 43 goals, will be presented a prize of Rs. 2 lakh besides a Trophy. The Indian captain thus became only the second player after IM Vijayan to have won the Award thrice.
Asked about his most pleasant moment of 2013, Chhetri said, “Winning the I-League, joining an amazing Club like Bengaluru FC. Scoring the 43rd goal for my Country in front of my mom.”