Bengaluru FC striker Sunil Chhetri on 2 May 2017 won the coveted Hero of the League 2016-17 Award. Chhetri won the most number of votes cast by coaches and captains of the 10 teams, which took part in the I-League. The striker had scored seven goals for fourth-place finishers Bengaluru FC. On the other hand, Khalid Jamil, who guided Aizawl FC to a historic title win, was chosen as the Coach of the Year. He was honoured with the Syed Abdul Rahim Best Coach Award.
Born on 3 August 1984, Sunil Chhetri is an Indian professional footballer. He plays as a striker for Indian club Bengaluru FC and the Indian national team. He is an all-time top goalscorer for the India national team. He also served as the captain of the national team from 2011 till 2016. He helped India win the 2007 Nehru Cup, 2009 Nehru Cup, the 2012 Nehru Cup as well as the 2011 SAFF Championship. He has also been named AIFF Player of the Year four times in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
- Debjit Majumder: Best Goalkeeper Award of Hero I-league 2016-17
- Anas Edathodika: Best Defender of Hero I-League 2016-17 Award
- Alfred Kemah Jaryan: Best Midfielder of Hero I-League 2016-17
- Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka: Best Striker Award of Hero I-league 2016-17
- Jerry Lalrinzuala: Best Emerging Player of Hero I-League Award
- Churchill Brothers FC Goa: Fairplay Award of Hero I-league 2016-17
- DSK Shivajians FC and Bengaluru FC: Best Organiser Award of Hero I-league 2016-17