Cigarettes sold on the road to watch matches, now name sent for Padma Shri award

IM Vijayan with Bhaichung Bhutia

IM Vijayan with Bhaichung Bhutia

Former Indian striker Vijayan (IM Vijayan) scored 40 goals in 79 matches after making his debut for India in the 90s.

New Delhi. Former Indian footballer and legend IM Vijayan has been nominated for the country’s fourth highest civilian award for his contribution to the sport. Born in a poor family in Kerala, Vijayan struggled a lot in his life. Football was his love for which he fought a lot in his life. He used to sell cigarettes and soda to watch football matches. The name of Adarsh ​​Vijayan of a player like Sunil Chhetri has been sent by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

Vijayan used to sell soda and cigarettes for money

Vijayan was born in a poor family in Kerala. Since childhood, he was fond of watching and playing football. He used to sell soda bottles and cigarettes at Thrissur Stadium to watch matches. With this money, he used to buy match tickets and help his mother in running the house. Despite joining the Kerala Police football team, he had failed to build a house for his family, so he decided to leave Kerala and move to Bengal for a better salary.

Mohun Bagan never leftIn Bengal, he played for Mohun Bagan and won the hearts of the fans. The people of Bengal loved Vijayan so much that this former India captain could not leave the club even after getting the opportunity. Vijayan received many offers from Thailand and Malaysia but felt that if he left Mohun Bagan, it would be a betrayal of his fans. That’s why he never did it.

Former India striker Vijayan (51 years) scored 40 goals in 79 matches since making his debut for India in the 90s. He was given the Arjuna Award in 2003. He was given India’s Player of the Year award in 1993, 1997 and 1999. Vijayan led the Indian team from 2000 to 2004. His pairing with fellow striker Bhaichung Bhutia used to be excellent. At club level, he played for Mohun Bagan, Kerala Police and the now defunct FC Kochi and JCT Mills Phagwara.

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