Sunil Chhetri has been awarded the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) Player of the Year 2018 at the annual Awards ceremony which took place on June 12th in Kolkata.
There were five categories namely: Young Player of the year, Indian Player of the year, Foreign Player of the year, Coach of the year and Fans Player of the Year, with a shortlist made up of players who had received the most votes from players in the I-League and Indian Super League (ISL).
The voting for the fans’ choice award was conducted by means of a public online vote.
Young Player of the year: Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Udanta Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte
WINNER: Jamshedpur FC playmaker Jerry Mawihmingthanga
Indian Player of the year: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Michael Soosairaj, Adil Khan
WINNER: Sunil Chhetri who netted 34 times in the 2017/18 season for club and country across all competitions.
Foreign Player of the year: Miku, Ferran Corominas, Chencho Gyeltshen, Marcelinho, Manuel Lanzarote
WINNER: Miku who is Bengaluru FC’s Venezuelan striker scored 20 goals in 24 appearances for the club to help him secure the title
Coach of the year: Albert Roca, Steve Coppell, Gift Raikhan, Sergio Lobera, Khogen Singh
WINNER: Albert Roca who left Bengaluru FC with an Indian Super Cup title and a runners-up medal in the ISL
Fans Player of the year: Subhash Singh, Ubaid CK, Rahul Bheke, Michael Soosairaj, Mandar Rao Desai
WINNER: Subhash Singh who helped NEROCA FC to a 2nd-placed finish in the I-League with his four goals.
This was the second time that Chhetri has been named as the Indian Player of the Year, after first becoming a recipient back in 2010 when he was playing for Goa.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed an incredible season with Bengaluru FC as well as with the national team.
He led his club to the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) in their debut season, scoring 14 goals in 21 matches and finishing the season as the third highest goal scorer in the league.