​​Indian national football team's captain Sunil Chhetri will be awarded the prestigious Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India today to honour his distinguished service to Indian football.


The Home Ministry gave information of the same via their press release which consisted of all nominees for the prestigious honour.


With this award, Chhetri now joins an elite list of footballers like Gostha Pal, Sailen Manna, Chuni Goswami, P.K. Banerjee, and Bhaichung Bhutia who have been conferred with the Padma Shri.


Other legends of Indian football like IM Vijayan, Peter ThangarajPrasun Banerjee, Bruno Coutinho and Subrata Pal have been conferred with the Arjuna award in the past.


Here's how Chhetri himself and social media reacted to the announcement of the honour to be handed to the second highest active goalscorer in international football.....




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Here's how fans all across the nation reacted...




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