Sunil Chhetri feels the country has made progress in the past 10 years but still remains far behind other Asian powers in fields such as grassroot development.
India failed to register even a single win in the recently-concluded Intercontinental cup.
Intercontinental Cup: India fought back valiantly in the second half but it wasn't enough as North Korea ran out 5-2 winners.
Sunil Chhetri, who has been in peak form in the last couple of years, has earlier won the honour in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
India squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 2-4 against Tajikistan in the opening match of Intercontinental Cup football tournament.
Defending champions India will take on Tajikistan on July 7 in the opening match of the Intercontinental Cup 2019. The final of the tournament will be played on July 18.
AIFF recently appointed 1998 World Cup bronze medallist Igor Stimac as the new coach of Indian Football team.
Sunil Chhetri is the world's second-best goalscorer among active players, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
India won the first edition of the tournament after defeating Kenya in the final in Mumbai.
Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019 season opener on March 23.
112 recipients of Padma Awards were named on Friday. The awards will be given this year by the President of India.
India were eliminated from Asian Cup 2019 after losing 0-1 to Bahrain, a result which saw them finish bottom of Group A.
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Bahrain: Jamal Rashed scored the winner for Bahrain in the stoppage time.
India will have a chance to book their maiden knock-out round berth.
Sunil Chhetri will equal former captain Bhaichung Bhutia's record of highest appearances for the country.
India stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening match last weekend to record their first victory at the tournament in over 50 years.
Hosts UAE scored in either halves of the match to beat India in the Group A match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019.
Asian Cup 2019: Highlights Football Match Score India vs UAE: Hosts UAE defeated India 2-0 in the Group A clash.