Indian talisman Sunil Chhetri was once on Saturday voted because the favourite player of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup by fans as he completed forward of Eldor Shomurodov of Uzbekistan.
Chhetri beat Shomurodov 51-49 within the ballot after trailing within the preliminary phases of vote casting.
“19 days, 561,856 votes The #AsianCup2019 favourite player has been decided. Congratulations Sunil Chhetri!” the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) wrote on its Twitter maintain.
The 35-year-old Indian captain scored two times all through the crowd degree of the Asian Cup at first of closing 12 months. Both targets got here of their 4-1 drubbing of Thailand within the opening fit.
India got here just about securing a Round of 16 spot however conceded past due targets of their closing two suits towards hosts UAE and Bahrain to bow out within the crew degree.
The ballot was once performed by AFC on its authentic Instagram maintain.
With 72 targets and 115 appearances, Chhetri is India’s all-time best possible scorer and the most-capped player. Chhteri, who was once previous named an Asian Icon by the AFC on his 34th birthday, is the second one best possible world scorer amongst lively footballers, in the back of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and forward of Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
The Chhetri-led India is scheduled to stand Qatar at house in a World Cup Qualifier on October 8, tackle Bangladesh away on November 12 after which host Afghanistan on November 17.