Football is the most watched sport in the world. As per the reports, 14% of the Indians are football supporters and the majority is more into cricket because they believe it’s not just a sport but a religion. However, some experts believe that there are more passionate football fans in India.
When we talk about football, people quite often boast a lot about Ronaldo or Messi at the drop of the hat. This has been the trend set ticking for so many years. Day by day, there has always been a relentless hype and infamous verbal spats in the social media comments section on judging the best player in the world between CR7 and LM10.
Recently, Mohamed Salah has also caught attention of the people for the knack of his footballing skills. It is learnt that Indian fans who follow football to the core are the passionate supporters of top European clubs. But the attention hasn’t been much into Indian football. Ever since the inception of Indian Super League (ISL), the game started to get some spice and gained 5 million fans in social media.
Talking about the Indian players, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri comes to one’s mind. He made the entire nation proud when he climbed ladders to take the third spot among international goal-scorers, as he chipped in with 59 goals to his credit, only behind Christiano Ronaldo (81) and Lionel Messi (64).
Not a long ago, Sunil Chhetri took to his Twitter handle and made an emotional appeal to the avid football fans across the nation asking them to turn up in numbers in the ongoing Intercontinental Cup 2018 and support the home team. Chhetri hopes that football gets recognised in this country.
This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen. pic.twitter.com/fcOA3qPH8i
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 2, 2018
Seeing this, Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli also came up with a message and urged people to go to the stadiums and support the stars. ‘Please take notice of my good friend and Indian football skipper @chetrisunil11’s post and please make an effort.’
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 2, 2018