All India Football Federation (AIFF) has recommended legendary former skipper IM Vijayan for Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award. The former Indian striker scored 40 goals in 79 matches for India since making his debut in early 90s. He previously received Arjuna Award (2003), Indian “Player of the Year” in 1993, 1997 and 1999. Six other Indian football players received Padma Shri previously.

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