Indian football team captain as well as captain of Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) Sunil Chhetri is third in the list of all-time active scorers with 84 goals at the international level. Only Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi are ahead of them. Chhetri, on an episode of the Creed Curious show on YouTube, revealed how he has been successful in the football scene for such a long time. "If you want to be Ronaldo, you have to take a different path. A lot of people don't understand it because it's a difficult routine."
Considered the versatile asset of the Indian football team for more than a decade, Chhetri faced many heartbreaks on his way to becoming a successful footballer.
He said, "One of which I had a serious injury. I could have waited for another 2 to 3 weeks, but I tried to heal quickly. And then, I was out for 6 months and I think I think it was the darkest day of my life. No one was talking to me because I was so depressed. I think that was my worst time because I didn't like myself at that time."
When asked what advice would he give to youngsters who aspire to be successful like him, Chhetri said, “For the younger generation, the desire for instant gratification and quick results is probably holding them back. There is a race. Nothing quick. If you get to the top quickly, it is even more difficult to maintain it."
Currently placed 10th on the points table, Bengaluru FC's next ISL match will be against FC Goa on November 26 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.