Top 10 Indian footballers of all time

Top 10 Indian footballers of all time
Top 10 Indian footballers of all time

These are the top 10 Indian football players of all time

Indian players are shining over the past few years. They have been doing great for Indian national football team.

Though young talented players are the future of a country but there are some great players who made their national side great.

Top 10 Indian footballers of all time:

1. Sunil Chhetri – Although still actively playing, Chhetri is the greatest Indian player ever. He is very popular among Indian football fans and is the face of Indian football in modern times.

2. Bhaichung Bhutia – When he was just 18 years of age, Butia became the youngest ever goal scorer for the Indian national team. He went on to score 40 goals in 84 appearances for his nation.

3. PK Banerjee – FIFA named him Indian footballer of the 20th century and was also awarded the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit (the highest honour awarded by FIFA). He became a manager after his playing career and managed some of the top Indian football clubs.

4. I.M. Vijayan – Inivalappil Mani Vijayan, alongside Bhaichung Bhutia, were the toast of Indian football in the late 90s and early 2000s as they both formed a successful striking partnership.

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5. Gostha Pal – He was one of the best defenders in Indian football history. Gostha Pal was also the first captain of the Indian national team.

6. Chuni Goswami – Subimal “Chuni” Goswami was a striker who loves dropping deep to help build attacking moves with his extraordinary reading and understanding of the game.

7. Sailen Manna – Sailen Manna, a left-back is the only Asian Footballer ever to be named among the 10 best Captains in the world by the English FA.

8. Peter Thangaraj – Thangaraj began his career as a striker before switching to become a goalkeeper, a decision which eventually proved wise as he became the best goalkeeper in Indian football history.

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9. Jarnail Singh – Singh was a defender who also gets played as a striker when his team needs to score. He represented India at the 1960 Olympics and the 1962 Asian Games.

10. Mohammed Salim – The first-ever Indian footballer to play in Europe. His adventure in Europe didn’t last long, though, as he became homesick and eventually returned home.