Social Buzz: Teammates and fans celebrate Arjuna Awardee Gurpreet
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, on Monday, was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award by the Government of India and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recognition is a glowing testament to the India international and Bengaluru FC star’s excellence in his discipline, both for club and country.
Since the announcement, the 27-year-old has been showered with widespread praise from all corners of the country, with teammates and fans raising a toast to the grit and perseverance of the ace custodian. Gurpreet has been one of the standout performers in Indian football for a while now, constantly putting in match-winning performances and displaying inherent leadership skills.
India legend and Gurpreet’s long-time friend Sunil Chhetri, who was an Arjuna Awardee back in 2011, applauded his teammate on the accolade with some warm words. The two have been playing together for club and country for a few years now, and thus have an innate understanding of each other’s contributions to the game.
Let's keep the height or the lack of it aside for a minute. A few years ago, I saw you walk into the national team as a kid. And today to see 'Arjuna Awardee' go beside your name, gives me immense pride. You deserve this. Don't stop the hard work @GurpreetGK pic.twitter.com/wCMKj4Cvab— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) August 20, 2019
Several other Indian players, too, took to Twitter to congratulate the Hero ISL 2018-19 Golden Glove winner for the Arjuna Award.
Congratulations paji @GurpreetGK on being awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award. Well deserved 👏🏻— Sandesh Jhingan (@SandeshJhingan) August 20, 2019
The Government of Punjab – the state Gurpreet hails from – also extended their wishes to their local hero.
Punjab shines in National Sports honours; Shooter Anjum Moudgill, Athlete Tejinder Pal Singh Toor & Footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu recommended for ‘Arjuna Award’, and Athletics coach Mohinder Singh Dhillon recommended for ‘Dronacharya Award’. .....(1/2)— Government of Punjab (@PunjabGovtIndia) August 18, 2019
Journalists and fans also joined in and shared their wishes on social media.
Congratulations to Gurpreet Singh Sandhu for becoming the 26th footballer to win the Arjuna Award— Gautam Roy (@gautamfootball) August 17, 2019
The accolades just keep on coming for @GurpreetGK 🏆— Leonard Dias (@LeonardDias3) August 19, 2019
Heartiest congratulations to @bengalurufc and the @IndianFootball team goalkeeper 🧤 on being conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award! #HeroISL #LetsFootball #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/UILnJfOqlP
Meanwhile, the man of the moment, humbled by the warmth and affection, came out to extend his gratitude to everyone.
The last few days have been spent between trying to respond to all your well wishes, and reflecting on how grateful I am. You never really set out to win the Arjuna Award. You’re just happy to stand between the sticks week in, week out, win games and trophies.— Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (@GurpreetGK) August 20, 2019