End of an era! Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri announces international retirement

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Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri announces international retirement
Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri announces international retirement

The striker has participated in in 150 games for India and scored 94 goals. This is the most by an Indian.

Indian legendary footballer Sunil Chhetri announced on Thursday his resignation from the Indian national team. Chhetri who has played in 150 games for India and scored 94 goals in his job, took his twitter handle to X (previously Twitter) to announce that India’s upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier game against Kuwait on June 6th will be his final game for the nation.

End of a better Indian football Era

End of a better Indian football Era
End of a better Indian football Era

Chhetri on Thursday, in a long video recounted that first moment he donned the national flag and stated that it wasn’t an easy task to come to the decision.

End of Sunil Chhetri's era
End of Sunil Chhetri’s era

“Whenever I train for the national team, I don’t feel stress. However, this game requires pressure. We are desperate to get 3 point win against Kuwait to make it for the next round, but I’m not feeling the stress. I don’t know anyone who is more beloved more in my country than I am,” Chhetri said in the video.

Chhetri’s praise

Chhetri's praise
Chhetri’s praise

Chhetri was a key player on Chhetri’s Indian cricket team from his debut in the year 2005. Chhetri has served as the primary player for India for nearly two decades, and has led the nation to numerous awards like diverse Nehru Cups and SAFF Championships. But his goal of the possibility of taking India towards the World Cup has remained unfulfilled. He also won his Arjuna Prize in the year 2011, and in 2019 the Padma Shri in 2019.

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