Sunil Chhetri's Exit with Final Whistle at Kolkata's Stadium

Sunil Chhetri stated on Thursday that he will retire from international football following the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kuwait on June 6.
Sunil Chhetri's Exit with Final Whistle at Kolkata's Stadium

Sunil Chhetri, 39, will gracefully quit the international stage after nearly two decades of unshakable dedication and 19 years of loyal devotion to a team that relied greatly on the 5'7" forward's ability to perform every time, he donned the blue jersey.

Sunil Chhetri, the renowned Indian footballer, declared on Thursday that he will retire from international football after the FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Kuwait on June 6, capping a brilliant career unrivaled in Indian football in terms of endurance and skill. The national team's longtime captain disclosed his decision in a poignant video broadcast across his social media networks.

It seems right that Chhetri would round off his great career at Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium, where he sharpened his abilities and developed into a dangerous striker. India presently ranks second in Group A with four points, trailing leaders Qatar.

Chhetri reflected on his path, recalling his debut against Pakistan in 2005, a memory he cherishes. Chhetri emphasized the importance of developing the next generation of strikers as he considers the future of Indian football. He voiced concern about the lack of key strikers among the current crop of players for their different clubs, recognizing a huge gap in the national team. Chhetri had a hunch in recent months that his magnificent voyage was coming to an end.

Chhetri reflected on the mix of responsibility, pressure, and joy that marked his 19-year career, as well as the melancholy awareness of his upcoming retirement. As memories flooded his mind after making the decision, Chhetri took relief in sharing his sentiments with his family and seeing the various reactions he received. Amid celebrations for his 150th appearance for the Blue Tigers, Chhetri prepared to say goodbye to a chapter of his life that will live on in the hearts of Indian football fans.

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