2024, JUNE 07 – Sunil Chhetri, the iconic captain of India, has now officially retired from international football. Following his final appearance in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kuwait on 6 June, the 39-year-old forward concludes his remarkable career, leaving a legacy that has profoundly inspired countless fans and athletes.

Chhetri’s retirement signals the end of an era in Indian football. With an impressive tally of 94 international goals over more than two decades, he stands as a legendary figure in Indian football history. His journey, characterised by perseverance and excellence, has set a high standard for future generations of footballers.

As the fourth-highest goal scorer in the world, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Ali Daei, and Lionel Messi, Chhetri’s contributions to football are extraordinary. His career has been marked by unmatched dedication and skill, making him a role model for aspiring athletes.

Though Chhetri steps away from international football, his legacy will continue to inspire. His passion and achievements have left an indelible mark on the sport, ensuring that his name will be remembered for generations to come.


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