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Indian Football Icon Sunil Chhetri Announces International Retirement

Sunil Chhetri
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Sunil Chhetri, the esteemed figure in Indian football, has declared his intention to step away from international football. He is scheduled to conclude his national career during the second round of the World Cup qualifiers against Kuwait on June 6, to be held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

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With an impressive record of 94 goals in 150 appearances for the national team, Chhetri solidifies his position as one of the country’s greatest footballers. He currently stands as the fourth highest international goal-scorer of all time.

Chhetri took to his social media platform on a specified date to make the formal announcement through a 10-minute video, elaborating on his decision to retire from international duties.

His departure leaves a significant void in the national team, given his consistent contributions, particularly as a prolific goal-scorer. Chhetri emphasized the importance of nurturing new talent to fill the role he leaves behind, pointing out the absence of a prominent number nine in the current squad.

Reflecting on his upcoming final match against Kuwait, Chhetri expressed a sense of calm and enjoyment, devoid of pressure. He reminisced about his journey representing the country, recalling fondly the mixture of duty, pressure, and joy he experienced throughout his 19-year career.

Acknowledging the emotional weight of his decision, Chhetri shared personal insights into the process of coming to terms with retirement. Despite the bittersweet feelings, he expressed gratitude for the immense love and support he received from fans and colleagues alike.

In a heartfelt message, Chhetri thanked everyone who contributed to his remarkable journey, from teammates and coaches to supporters and critics. He concluded by expressing hope for a successful final game against Kuwait, aiming for a fitting conclusion to his illustrious international career.

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