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Sunil Chhetri to Bid Farewell to International Football with Final Match for India on June 6

Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri has made the heartfelt decision to retire from international football following India’s FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Kuwait in Kolkata on June 6. This announcement marks the end of an illustrious two-decade career for the revered captain of the national team, who shared his decision through a poignant video across his social media platforms.

Reflecting on his remarkable journey, Chhetri expressed a blend of duty, pressure, and profound joy that defined his 19 years representing the nation.

Despite his remarkable achievements, including becoming India’s all-time leading scorer with 94 goals and the most-capped player, Chhetri humbly recounted his experiences without dwelling on individual accolades.

His decision to retire came after a period of introspection, culminating in a realization during the past months that the upcoming match against Kuwait would mark his farewell from the international stage.

Despite the significance of the impending fixture, Chhetri confessed to feeling a sense of liberation from pressure, allowing him to savor every moment with the national team. Notably, Chhetri’s 150th appearance for India in March, where he scored against Afghanistan, stands as a poignant milestone in his career, despite the match ending in defeat.

With an enduring legacy that places him amongst the world’s top goal scorers alongside icons like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Sunil Chhetri’s retirement marks the end of an era in Indian football, leaving an indelible impact on the sport’s landscape both domestically and internationally.

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Author:- Apoorva Arora

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