Ahmedabad, Jul 11 Talismanic Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri Thursday said he draws inspiration from legendary boxer MC Mary Kom’s unbelievable story and is the six-time World Champion’s biggest fan.
The 34-year-old striker, who has been in peak form in the last couple of years, was recently named the All India Football Federation’s Men’s Footballer of the Year for a record-extending sixth time. He has earlier won the honour in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
“I gather motivation from around me — from a lot of personalities who have done well in their respective fields. MC Mary Kom is one of them. She is an unbelievable story,” Chhetri was quoted as saying by the AIFF.
The celebrated boxer has been an inspiring force in Indian sports. In her 18-year long illustrious career, she has won six World Championships, an Olympic bronze medal, and five Asian Championships.
“She is a six-time World Champion, and has been a World Champion after giving birth to twins, and even after being a mother of three. If she doesn’t inspire India, who else will. I am her biggest fan,” Chhetri added.