Baichung Bhutia born on 15th December 1976, retired from Indian football, played as striker for Indian team. He has excellent shooting skills in football, known as the Sikkimese sniper. He has also won a reality show called Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, which resulted in a controversy on him. We know how important Sachin Tendulkar is for Indian cricket, the same way Baichung Bhutia is to Indian football.
Baichung Bhutia is the legend of India
The main problem is that football is not seen as well as cricket, this is the reason behind his achievements being unnoticed and not spoken wide.
In 1999, he joined an English club and became the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with European club. This is definitely a great and rare achievement as never has this sort of thing happened till now. He became the second Indian footballer to play professionally in Europe after Mohammed Salim. He even played for Malaysian football club. He got a staggering number of goals which is 43 in 107 matches that he has played for Indian team till his time of retirement. He retired from International football team in August 2011 and he played a farewell match on 10th Jan 2012 against Munich in Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.
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Baichung made his international debut in the Nehru cup at the age of 19 against Thailand. Indian football team present 15 years back is definitely better than the one present in the current squad. Baichung can dribble past the defender, which is the rarest quality for an Indian football team. In Nehru cup which took place in 2009, was very significant for him as he played his 100th match on that day. In 2011 AFSC Asian cup was held in Qatar and in this tournament Baichung injured himself because of which he missed first two matches against Australia and Bahrain. He won the player of the tournament title for his exceptional performance in all the matches that he played in the tournament. This clearly is very important as no Indian even got an achievement such as this and it shows how good as a player he is. His exceptional performances have gathered him fans from all over the world, which makes every Indian proud to talk about him. It is important that, in the present scenario or present team, if we get a player such as him, it will be great improvement for the team.
He is like a superstar for Indian football fans, but the problem is that not many Indians really know about him because of lack of popularity of this game among Indian people. Baichung Bhutia who is former football captain is known as football legend along with the likes of Pele, Diego Maradon and Zidane. This is probably the best thing that happened in Indian football since a long time, as being nominated as football legend among some of the top players of the game is prestigious.
Baichung Bhutia – Great Football Player
He is a great footballer, a committed player who works hard to stay fit and is definitely true professional. Every Indian football fan knows how important Bhutia as a player is and he is true football legend of Indian team. There were matches, when he took the team to wining lines by his excellent performance and his great captaincy. His ability as a captain was very good, as he maintained cool head and always did tried to bring the best in him and win matches for the team. He was cautious enough to take care of his health and there were very few injuries in his career and always ensured to make available for Indian team. He undoubtedly is one of the best players Indian team could never have.