The dreams of India’s star striker Sunil Chhetri to play in the big European leagues is finally coming true as he managed to bag a 2 year deal with one of the respected sides in Primeira Liga of Portugal.
Sporting Lisbon or Sporting Clube de Portugal boast of a lot of players from leading footballing nations who have represented their countries in age-group tournaments on a regular basis.
This deal has materialized with the help of Football One. Football One is an arm of the newly launched Sports One venture by the renowned Wizcraft International Entertainment group.
It is a real pleasure for me and an exciting moment in my career to join a European giant like Sporting Lisbon. I have dreamt of this day and always believed that my time will come. It is now a reality. Sporting Lisbon, my agent Yogesh Joshee from Matchworld and Football One has made it possible for me and I will make it count for India. Thank you so much.
Sunil Chhetri did not enjoy a great season with Mohun Bagan earlier as he was constantly niggled with injuries and did not get much time on the field. However, he had shown what he got when he donned the Indian National Football Team jersey in SAFF Cup 2011.
He had also signed for Kansas City Wizards in MLS 2 seasons ago. But he was never fielded in the MLS matches and was only played with the reserve team. Following this, Sunil had returned back to India to join Prayag United.
We are keen to support the development of football in India. We along with our partners Football One, are looking at ways in which we can leverage the technical knowledge and coaching expertise that resides within the club to support Indian football. We will align our efforts with that of AIFF and the vision of its President, to raise the level of the game here in India. We are here for the long term and our signing on Sunil Chhetri is the first of our initiatives.
Luiz Lopes, Sporting Lisbon President
This is a great opportunity for the talented striker and we hope he gets enough chances to showcase himself in the Portuguese league.