Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian national football team has declared his retirement from international football. In a video posted on social media, Chhetri revealed that his final game would be India’s World Cup qualification match against Kuwait on June 6.

Sunil Chhetri Announces Retirement from International Football

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Chhetri, 39, has dedicated 19 years to representing India on the football pitch. He scored his debut goal during his first match in 2005.

Holding the distinction as the third-highest scorer of international goals among active footballers, Chhetri’s rivals the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. With 94 goals in 150 appearances for India, he has consistently delivered crucial performances.

Fans have poured out tributes acknowledging Chhetri’s unparalleled contributions to Indian football. His longevity with a tireless work ethic has earned him respect and admiration from the football community.

Chhetri’s career has been with numerous accolades including the prestigious Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri, recognizing his excellence and impact on the sport. Internationally, he has led India to victory in various tournaments.

Known for his strict diet and workout regimen, Chhetri has addressed the importance of discipline and sacrifice in achieving success.

The announcement of Chhetri’s retirement came through a video shared on his social media platforms. In the video, he reminisced about his journey.

Chhetri’s decision to retire shows his maturity and the recognition of the right time to step away from the international stage.

He recalled cherished memories, from his debut match to his most recent appearances, addressing the blend of duty, pressure, and joy that defined his national team career.

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Chhetri remains grateful for the overwhelming love and support he received from fans and family throughout his career.

As Chhetri prepares for his final match against Kuwait, he shows the importance of enjoying every moment and giving his all on the pitch. Chhetri believes it is time for the country to nurture the next generation of talent.

Chhetri’s retirement announcement has received tribute and recognition from fans, fellow players, and football authorities.

Virat Kohli, the BCCI, and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu are among those who have expressed admiration for Chhetri’s career and extended their congratulations.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) also praised Chhetri’s leadership, dedication, and contribution to Indian football.

As the torchbearer of Indian football he has excelled on the field and also advocated for the growth and recognition of the sport within the country.

Despite bidding farewell to international football, Chhetri is set to continue his club career with Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League.

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