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PUMA signs Indian National Football Captain Sunil Chhetri

  • Signs 3-year deal with the country’s best striker and top goal scorer
  • Adds Captain Fantastic to its roster of world class athletes wearing PUMA’s performance footwear and apparel
  • PUMA continues to invest and grow the sport of football in India

Global sports brand PUMA today announced that Sunil Chhetri, captain of the Indian National Football team and Bengaluru FC signed with the brand. A captain, leader and a legend, he is the second-highest after Cristiano Ronaldo on the list of active international scorers in world football. Signing a three-year deal with PUMA, he now joins the brand’s roster of global players like Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku, Luis Suárez and Sergio Aguero among others.

One of the greatest footballers India has ever seen, Sunil Chhetri plays as a striker for the national team and Bengaluru FC. A hero for both the club and the country, he is the most-capped player and also the all-time top goal scorer for the Indian team. Named AIFF Player of the Year six times, he was also conferred with the Arjuna award in 2011 and Padma Shri in 2019 among several other coveted sports honors.

“I am excited to join the PUMA family. Over the years, I have closely witnessed and experienced the brand’s football heritage. Now signing with them as a PUMA player is a very natural progression for me,” said Sunil Chhetri. “We share a common goal to accelerate the growth of football in the country. I appreciate their commitment to the sporting ecosystem and look forward to creating a new chapter for Indian football,” he added.

This partnership extends PUMA’s legacy with Indian football. From its longstanding association with Bengaluru Football Club since 2014 to individual agreements with players like Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthe, Nishu Kumar and Rahul Bheke, the brand aims to further its commitment to the sport and talent.

Abhishek Ganguly, Managing Director, PUMA India said, “Sunil Chhetri is synonymous with football. A living legend and an inspiration for the youth, he has made a huge impact to grow the sport and its following in India. His passion is very much in line with PUMA’s vision. Together, we are invested in growing the culture of football, inspiring and achieving new levels in the game.”

PUMA has teamed up with the country’s best athletes to support their never-ending effort to become faster, stronger, and better every single day. From Indian Cricket Captain, Virat Kohli and boxing champion MC Mary Kom to ace sprinter Dutee Chand, the brand is fueling the growing passion for sports across disciplines.

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Sunil Chhetri to make digital debut with ‘Bombers’ series

 Football star Sunil Chhetri is excited about making a cameo in a web series “Bombers”, a high-octane football drama.

Talking about why he agreed to be part of the show, the ‘Captain Fantastic’ told IANS, “It’s a story about characters who lose their focus in life and how football brings them together. This is a story of redemption, where sport gives them a chance to find their way in life.”

“It is a motivational story. For me, of course, it’s football that brings me here to be part of this endeavour. I just hope that a lot of people watch this and get motivated in life,” he said.

“Bombers” features Ranvir Shorey, Varun Mitra, Aahana Kumra, Sapna Pabbi, Prince Narula, Zakir Hussain, Annup Sonii and Meiyang Chang, among others.

The 10-episode show will start streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 on June 22.

The show intends to support a special programme ‘Education With a Kick’ of the Oscar Foundation. The programme encourages underprivileged children to learn life skills to complete primary education.

As the footballer met the children from the organisation, he said: “I enjoyed meeting such enthusiastic talents. In fact, we had a game with those kids and it was so much fun.”

(IANS)