After some heavy drama and a light- hearted Twitter battle between FC Goa and FC Mumbai, Sunil Chhetri, India’s captain and best player, has finally gone the way of Mumbai FC for a staggering Rs. 1.2 crore. Ranbir Kapoor, one of the owners of the franchise, put up a picture of himself welcoming the striker, who was a hot commodity within the bidding process. As the bid heated up, Chhetri’s base price of Rs. 80 lakh quickly went out of view and his value crossed the 1 crore barrier. After another exciting bidding process, FC Mumbai relented at Rs. 1.2 crore.
Despite being 30 years old, Chhetri is still one of the hardest workers and clinical strikers in the Indian team. His technical ability on and off the ball far exceeds that of any other striker, and his smart, offside- beating runs are a product of years of experience. There is simply no way to replace the talismanic forward, who recently became the first Indian footballer to reach 50 goals for his country. His age would have been a factor within the bidding process, but that did not stop the ISL franchises from launching a heavy bidding war. Chhetri still has lightning quick feet and speed, and his ability to use his head and both feet would have been a major factor in weighing him up as a striking option.
With his addition to the ISL, Chhetri is sure to push up the domestic star quotient and remind Indian viewers just how good it is possible for the technical Indian game to be. Despite other Indian stars like Robin Singh being in the mix, Chhetri plays at a level far above his teammates, and is likely to fit in perfectly with the international superstars in Mumbai FC. It is now only left to be seen just how much Chhetri lives up to his 1.2 crore price tag!
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