Looking for Best Indian Football Players? Here is a list of 10 greatest football/soccer players who played for India.The game of football is played and enjoyed by people in huge numbers in the country. Although, football was once limited to the states of Bengal, Punjab,
The game of football is played and enjoyed by people in huge numbers in the country. Although football was once limited to the states of Bengal, Punjab, Kerala, and Goa, presently, with the introduction of the hero Indian football league and others, and with reputed names backing the game and with players getting the fat salary, its popularity has only soared new heights. However, there are some of the greatest players in the country who had managed to keep this game alive and kicking! Read about 10 greatest and best Indian football players of all time.
Top 10 Best Indian Football Players Of All Time
1. Baichung Bhutia
He is regarded to be the most famous among all football players that the country has produced and has excellent skills. Hailing from the state of Sikkim, he is known popularly as the ‘Sikkimese Sniper.’ He also has been described as ‘God’s Gift to Indian Football.’
2. Sunil Chhetri
This Indian born, Nepal origin player continued the great work after Baichung’s retirement and got name and fame in a record time. He has the ability to surpass the record of Bhutia as well. He is also the most expensive player in Indian Super League.
3. Peter Thangaraj
He is a legendary player, who died on 24th November 2008 at 72 years. He was popularly known as Indian football team’s towering custodian, due to his thin figure and tall height.
4. Sailendra Nath Manna
Sailendra Nath Manna is also known as Sailen Manna among his fans. He was the Indian team’s former captain and also among the best defenders produced by the country so far. It was his powerful free kicks that earned him great fame.
5. Gostha Pal
He is a legendary player and an incredible defender, playing for the team in barefoot. Having Bangladeshi origin, he was compared to that of the Chinese Great Wall and played from Right Back position.
6. P. K. Banerjee
Another legendary player having appeared in more than 84 matches and scored 65 goals, playing from the striker position. FIFA has named him the Indian Footballer of 20th-century.
7. Subimal Chuni Goswami
He was both a first class cricketer and a famous international Indian footballer. He played only for Mohun Bagan club which he joined when he was just eight years old.
8. M. Vijayan
He was a popular striker during the late 90s and early 2000s and played with Baichung Bhutia. He was named thrice as the ‘Indian Player of the Year’.
9. Climax Lawrence
Lawrence was a professional soccer player, who played in attacking midfielder position. He is well known for his fierce attacking.
10. Jarnail Singh Dhillon
He is well known for his defensive skills and considered as the most outstanding Indian defender. He also played a crucial role to shape the country’s football in the 1950’s & 1960s.
These 10 are the best Indian footballer players of all time, as of 2016-17. They had contributed immensely to Indian footballs at a time when the sports had a low fan following in the country. They have inspired millions through their skills and attitude.
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