Bhutia conferred honorary life membership of PFPA

Updated: May 19, 2010, 21:34 PM IST

Kolkata: Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been conferred honorary life membership of Portugal Football Players` Association thus joining a list of all time greats including Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Nuno Gomes.

Football Players` Association of India secretary Sumit
Mukherjee today confirmed the honour bestowed on Bhutia and
said he had received a letter from the PFPA.

"The letter says, `We are honoured to give Bhaichung
Bhutia the lifetime membership.` I forwarded it to Bhutia a
little while ago," Mukherjee said.

Bhutia is the president of Football Players Association
of India.

"It`s a huge achievement and an honour for Indian
football as a whole. Besides, PFPA, a big organisation that it
is, has also promised to help in further development of the
game in India if necessary," Mukherjee added.

The Indian captain has earlier got international fame
when he turned out for a side led by Zinedine Zidane in an
exhibition tie organised in January by the United Nations for
the benefit of Haiti earthquake victims.

The match was played against Benfica All Stars team in
the Stadium of Light in Lisbon.

A couple of years ago as well, Bhutia had featured in the
Goal4Africa charity match at the Allianz Arena, home of Bayern
Munich, scoring twice for the Clearance Seedorf-led team.