|Sunil Chhetri vs Bhaichung Bhutia
|2007, 2011||PLAYER OF THE YEAR||1996, 2008|
Chhetri has a lot to do if he has to be spoken of in the same breath as Bhutia as the latter has guided his club sides to glory on several occasions and performed in crucial matches. Chhetri would have to rid himself of the 'club flop' tag and in order to do that he has to up his performances. The attitude of 'I am too good for the I-League' is not justifiable given that he has managed to reach double figures in terms of the goals scored in a season on just the one occasion.
For a player, it is essential to understand that while it is certainly commendable to perform well for the national team, it is also imperative that they give their 100% while representing the clubs who pay their monthly salaries.
This is the final opportunity for Chhetri to show that he is deserving enough to ply his trade at a European club since his performances in the I-League don't seem reflect that.
Chhetri may be enjoying all the glamour and attention of being an Indian footballer to sign for a major European club but Bhaichung Bhutia can still be upheld as India's most accomplished footballer. Chhetri's move to Portugal could either catapult him to fame and recognition or tarnish his reputation by labelling him a flop once again after the daft Sporting Kansas City sojourn a couple of seasons back and accusing his move of being a marketing ploy.