Sunil Chhetri Announces Retirement

India's football icon Sunil Chhetri announced on Thursday that he will retire from international football after the FIFA World Cup qualification match against Kuwait on June 6.

May 16, 2024 - 14:10
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Sunil Chhetri Announces Retirement

India's football icon Sunil Chhetri announced on Thursday that he will retire from international football after the FIFA World Cup qualification match against Kuwait on June 6. The national team captain shared his decision in a video posted on his social media accounts. Chhetri has played 150 matches for India, scoring 94 goals in a career spanning nearly 20 years.

Sunil Chhetri will hang up his boots in the city where he began his top-flight football career for Mohun Bagan. Chhetri went on to become one of the most influential Indian footballers, with most caps for India and sits at the fourth spot behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Ali Daei in the list of all-time international goals.

Chhetri, who has led the senior football team to several laurels, was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award in 2019 and the Khel Ratna Award in 2021.

"There is one day that I never forget and remember it quite often is the first time I played for my country man, it was unbelievable. But the day before, morning of the day, Sukhi sir, my first national team coach, in the morning he came to me and he’s like, you’re going to start? I can’t tell you how I was feeling man. I took my jersey, I sprayed some perfume on it, I have no idea why. So that day, everything that happened, once he told me, from breakfast to lunch and to the game and to my first goal in my debut, to conceding late 80th minute, that day is probably that I will never forget and is one of the best days of my national team journey," Chhetri said in a social media post.

Known for his incredible goal-scoring ability and inspiring fitness levels, Chettri has been the torchbearer of Indian football in recent years.

 

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