Indian talisman Sunil Chhetri was 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 levels of voting.
“19 days, 561,856 votes The #AsianCup2019 favourite player has been decided. Congratulations Sunil Chhetri!” the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) wrote on its Twitter deal with.
The 35-year-old Indian captain scored twice in the course of the group stage of the Asian Cup to start with of last year. Both objectives got here of their 4-1 drubbing of Thailand within the opening match.
India got here near securing a Round of 16 spot however conceded late objectives of their last two matches in opposition to hosts UAE and Bahrain to bow out within the group stage.
The ballot was carried out by AFC on its official Instagram deal with.
With 72 objectives and 115 appearances, Chhetri is India’s all-time highest scorer and the most-capped player. Chhteri, who was earlier named an Asian Icon by the AFC on his 34th birthday, is the second highest worldwide scorer amongst lively footballers, behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and forward of Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
The Chhetri-led India is scheduled to face Qatar at dwelling in a World Cup Qualifier on October 8, tackle Bangladesh away on November 12 after which host Afghanistan on November 17.