I remember when my brother introduced me to football randomly one day! He was so passionate about football and that's why he would watch every single match with the same excitement as others would watch cricket. But knowing that India has an undying and unmatched love for cricket, Sunil Chhetri's emotional appeal message did not come as a surprise.
On 2nd June, Indian Football team's Captain Sunil Chhetri took to his Twitter account and appealed Indians to watch the game. In the video, he said, "To all of you who are fans of big European clubs and support European clubs with so much passion and sometimes you guys think that the level is not the same, so why do you waste your time? Agreed, the level is not the same, not even close but with our desire and determination, we will try our best to make your time worth."
"To all of you, who have lost hope or don't have any hope in Indian football, we request you to come and watch us in the stadium."
"I mean it's not fun to criticise and abuse on the internet. Come to the stadium, do it on our face, scream at us, shout at us, abuse us, who knows one day we might change you guys, you might start cheering for us. You guys have no idea how important you guys are and how important your support is."
"I request you all to please come...talk about the game, go back home, have discussions, make banners. Please get involved, this is an important time and juncture in Indian football and football in India needs you guys."
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
Impactful and honest, isn't it?! It's not a surprise that Sunil Chhetri's emotional appeal worked wonders as the tickets were sold out within a day and the stadium for India's second match in the Intercontinental Cup against Kenya was packed.
And like the skipper promised, the viewers were not disappointed as the home side won the match 3-0 in Mumbai. Chhetri was the hero of the game with 2 goals in his 100th international.
Sunil Chhetri was grateful to the fans and supporters for the response and he again sent a promising thank you message on social media.
We promise you that if that’s the kind of support we get every time we play for the country, we will give our lives on the pitch. India, this night was special because we were in this together. Those in the stands shouting, and the ones at home cheering - thank you!
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 4, 2018
And again, fans were all praises for his performances on Twitter.
You played great! Loved the volley which turned into a goal. You are class. Watched you for the first time and you didn't disappoint us. Will watch an support @IndianFootball more from now.
— Tushar Singh Bora (@reallyTushar) June 5, 2018
Thank you legend for being a part of this beautiful game in india....
A wonderful captain....
— Bųñțý Sëň (@KaalaKimJong) June 4, 2018
Thanks @chetrisunil11 for keeping ur promise. 👏👏The whole India always support u .we r always with u . So keep playing ur best n best our football team. All the best for upcoming matches👍👍 pic.twitter.com/S9STjCgtGy
— Harshika yadav (@harshikayadav8) June 4, 2018
The 2nd half was gem to watch.Keep it going.After 100 games not the Goal should be 100International Goals.
— Rohit Kumbhojkar (@ROHITKUMBHOJKAR) June 5, 2018
Take a bow, Captain! Well played and well deserved..You are a pride for our country..All the best for many more wonderful games.
— Jaishree (@laxjai) June 5, 2018
We are sure, that Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo have lost some of their Indian fans to Sunil Chhetri after his 100th match and his grateful tweet.
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