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If you want to become Ronaldo, you have to take a different path, says Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian men’s football team and of Bengaluru FC in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL), is third on the list of all-time active scorers with 84 goals internationally – behind only Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

Now the star striker reveals how he managed to be successful in the world of football for a long time. “If you want to be a Ronaldo, you have to take a different path. And not many people choose this because it’s difficult, boring and monotonous,” Chhetri tells CRED founder Kunal Shah before a fireside chat about the latest episode of the CRED Curious show on YouTube.

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Considered as the versatile talisman of the Indian football team for more than a decade, Chhetri has also had his fair share of heartbreak on the path of becoming a successful footballer. One of those heartbreaks came from the field.

“I got a ligament-2 tear in my ankle and I was rushing. I could have waited another 2 to 3 weeks, but I rushed it. And then I was out for 6 months and I think that was the darkest point of my life. No one talked to me because I was so negative. I think that was my worst time because I didn’t love myself then.”

When asked what his advice would be to the youngsters who want to be successful like him, Chettri commented: “For the younger generation, the desire for quick gratification and quick results is probably what kills them. In sports there is only the long term, there is nothing fast. Even if you get to the top quickly, it’s all the more difficult to keep it up.”

Currently ranked tenth in the points table, Bengaluru FC’s next match in the ISL will be against FC Goa on November 26 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa.

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