NEW DELHI: Indian captain Sunil Chhetri was voted as the favourite player of the AFC Asian Cup 2019, the Asian Football Confederation said on Saturday. Chhetri edged out EldorShomurodov of Uzbekistan in the final by a 51-49 percent of votes in a fan poll conducted by the AFC.
"19 days, 561,856 votes The #AsianCup2019 favourite player has been decided. Congratulations Sunil Chhetri!" said the AFC in its tweet announcing the result.
35-year-old Chhetri scored twice during the group stage of the Asian Cup last season in which India came close to securing a shock Round of 16 spot. Both goals came in their 4-1 win over Thailand in the opening match.
With 72 goals and 115 appearances, Chhetri is India's all-time highest goalscorer and the most-capped player. Chhteri was earlier named an Asian Icon by the AFC on his 34th birthday.
Chhetri had earlier urged the Indian women's team to leave no stone unturned and start preparing from now itself for the AFC Women's Asian Cup scheduled to be held in India in 2022. IANS
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