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Jun 01, 2009 at 06:47pm IST

I have always loved winning: Baichung Bhutia

Baichung Bhutia's iconic status as a footballer now has a challenger from his new found glory as a dancer. TWF correspondent Ritesh Sharma caught up with him after winning Sony's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

Q. How do you feel?

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Baichung Bhutia: Simply great. For a person who has always been known for his football it's a new identity and a new recognition.

DANCING FOOTBALL PLAYER: Baichung Bhutia won the TV reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

Q. You sound thrilled

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Baichung Bhutia: Of course I am thrilled.I have always enjoyed doing something new. I was never a great dancer…in fact I didn’t know much beyond football, forget dancing. But I learnt the art and now feel happy to have won it.

Q. Did you for once feel that you would finally win the show?

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Baichung Bhutia: I have always loved winning. But I won't lie. I never thought that I could reach the finals. It was a miracle. My choreographer, Sonia deserves the credit. There were so many contestants, Gauhar (Khan) and Hard Kaur who are great dancers and even they got eliminated.

Q. How were the final few moments?

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Baichung Bhutia: I felt I could do it and it all seemed like the finishing moments of another football match. I was excited but at the same time I was nervous.

Q. So, now the football star is a dancing star.

Baichung Bhutia: Never. I will always remain a footballer because that is what I think I know best. I live for football and I will die for the game. Jhalak was just was a one off experience. It was the first and last time I was in any reality show. The good thing is that the memories will live with me forever because I won it and all the time I spent there I enjoyed it.

Q. Okay now that you are back what has your wife Madhuri to say. Isn’t she too excited to see you become a dancer now?

Baichung Bhutia: She is the one who is more thrilled than I am. Just like me she too could not believe that I have won. But she is the one who always gave me the confidence. At least I can now try a step or two with her (smiles).

Q. Did you miss football all this long?

Baichung Bhutia: Of course, I missed being on the field.

Q. So which club will you be signing into this season? East Bengal or do you stay with Mohun Bagan?

Baichung Bhutia: I haven't decided yet…there are quite a few things I am sorting out and will need a few days before I announce my decision.