Bhaichung Bhutia was all smiles. Not least because India had finally gotten the better of Nepal after a couple of disappointing results against their mountainous neighbours, but also because he saw the title of India’s top scorer that he carried for such a long time, finally taken off his shoulders by Bengaluru FC's Sunil Chhetri.
The Secunderabad-born striker, pounced on a chance, after Robin Singh’s initial effort had been parried by the keeper. With that he not only helped his team take the advantage on the night, but also took home the prized title of being India’s top scorer of all-time too, surpassing his idol, Bhutia.
Reminded of his affection towards Chhetri, Bhutia was asked what he thought of the now record holder, to which the Sikkim born striker elucidated, “I am very happy. I think he deserves it. He has always been a top professional. He broke my record especially in this match, so I’m happy I was present in Siliguri, my hometown close to Sikkim.”
“I wish him good luck along with congratulations and well done to the Indian team as well,” added Bhaichung.
“I think he’s an extremely professional player, who scores goals and most importantly who knows how to get those goals as well. I think that’s the best thing,” concluded Bhutia, explaining what he thought was Chhetri's best technical ability.
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