The face of Indian football scene all over the world, Sunil Chhetri. The Bengaluru FC and the national team captain has reached the highest one Indian can reach in the beautiful game. The 2019 Padma Shri is India’s all time leading goalscorer, and has reached the top 5 highest goalscorers in the World, going shoulder to shoulder with the likes of David Villa, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Now, the striker from Secundrabad joins Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suárez, Sergio Agüero, Romelu Lukaku and Marco Reus in the Puma family.
The German sports clothing brand has signed a three year deal with the 35 year old, with his compatriots Virat Kohli, MC Mary Kom and Dutee Chand, all who were previously agreed contracts with the multinational company.
The striker announced the news on his official Twitter handle @chetrisunil11, along with a promotional video by the company. Check it out below-
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) December 10, 2019
Speaking to reporters, Chhetri said: “I am excited to join the PUMA family. Over the years, I have closely witnessed and experienced the brand’s football heritage. Now signing with them as a PUMA player is a very natural progression for me.”
Puma had already partnered with Bengaluru Football Club in 2014, and this new deal with their skipper is a leap forward to the brand’s dedication for the growth of sports and athletes in the country.
“We share a common goal to accelerate the growth of football in the country. I appreciate their commitment to the sporting ecosystem and look forward in creating a new chapter for Indian football,” he added.
The managing director of Puma India, Abhishek Ganguly had no bargain in hailing Chhetri.
“Sunil Chhetri is synonymous with football. A living legend and an inspiration for the youth, he has made a huge impact to grow the sport and its following in India. His passion is very much in line with PUMA’s vision. Together, we are invested in growing the culture of football, inspiring and achieving new levels in the game,” he told reporters.
A record six times All India Football Federation Player of the Year, Chhetri has made 115 appearances for the national team, highest in the country.