K Rahul, forward of the Chennaiyin U-15 men’s team. Born in 2004, studying 10th standard at SBOA School & Junior College, Chennai; an ardent fan of Cristiano Ronaldo; number 4 on the shoulders, and a great future ahead, Rahul tells us something more about him.

Starting his career at 6 years of age, Rahul is no different from the other young players bustling in the midst of a sporting and an academic schedule. His skills emanate from the strong foundation laid by the locals and school teams, where he started prior joining with the Chennaiyin U-13 team a couple of years ago.

Looking back, Rahul recollects his initial days as a footballer “I was a very zestful kid playing different sports, But my grandfather, spotted my football talent at the first kick I made with my left foot rolling the ball all over the place and enrolled me into football.”

My parents have been my biggest source of inspiration, they motivated me to live my dream and pursue a career is football”, says Rahul.

He got hooked on to the game and started his practice with the other locals. He started playing for his school and turned out to be an eye-catcher in many inter-school tournaments, but it was Sathish’s eyes that saw through potential of this youngster during the trials and selected him for Chennaiyin U-13 team

 

Currently, Rahul is awaiting the U-15 Youth league which is all set to kick off at the month of May. The team is primed up to tackle their opponents after months and months of practice. But as of now, the teams’ focus is to get the flow as they are in pre-season tour in Mumbai.

On being asked about his best match, he enthusiastically replies that his double against Raman Vijayan School in the U-13 Youth League that included a long-ranger shot into the net.

Rahul, who is an ardent fan of Cristiano Ronaldo works hard to emulate his skills on the pitch. “I have admired Ronaldo for his dribbling skills, goal scoring ability and his incredible physique. I try to mimic my idol, the best in history, Cristiano Ronaldo. He has been my ,” said the 15-year-old.

He claims his love for the game and the desire to become better at it as his motivation to train hard and remain focused.

 

The Chennaiyin FC U-15 coach Mr. Aldroy has been instrumental in refining the team’s skills. Rahul also spoke highly about him saying that he has an in-depth understanding of our blocks and helps us pave our waythrough them “Our coach, Aldory Sir is very dedicated, he recognizes our strengths  and advices us to stick to it , and is always on the hunt for areas of betterment. It’s been amazing with him”

When questioned about his feelings on wearing the Chennaiyin Blue jersey for the first time and playing for the club, he says, “I am extremely honored and immensely proud to be a part of the team, the feeling strives me to do better.

The left-winger accounts Chennaiyin FC for the elevation of his gaming standards, “There has been a huge transition in my game and Chennaiyin FC has helped me evolve as a footballer. The club has supported our passion, and funded our sporting requirements.”

Rahul with high hopes and a long way to go signs off saying “I don’t know where I see myself exactly in the future, but I have dreams. I would like to be a part of the national team one day.”

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Favorite player from Chennaiyin FC: Raphael Augusto

Pick one – would you rather play an amazing game but lose or play an average game and win?

Win at all costs. Losing is not in our DNA.

If you’re a manager and your team is losing 1-0 in the Champions League final and your team gets a penalty, who would you choose to take it?

Messi/Neymar


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