News Sunil Chhetri Announces Retirement from International Football
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Kathmandu, May 16, 2024 - Indian football icon and captain of the national team, Sunil Chhetri, has announced his decision to retire from international football.

In an emotional video posted on X, the star forward revealed that India's upcoming World Cup qualification match against Kuwait on June 6 will be his final appearance for the national team.

"One last game... for all our sakes... let's win the game and we can depart, happily," Chhetri said, addressing his fans and teammates in the heartfelt message.

Chhetri, 39, has had a remarkable career spanning 19 years, marking his debut with a goal in 2005. Over nearly two decades, he has become one of India's most celebrated players, renowned for his goal-scoring prowess and leadership on the field.

His influence has been pivotal in bringing attention to Indian football on both national and international stages, especially in a country where cricket dominates the sports culture. Chhetri's contributions to Indian football are unparalleled. As the all-time leading scorer for India, he has been a beacon of consistency and excellence, earning numerous accolades and setting records that have inspired a new generation of footballers in the country.

Indian captain Sunil Chhetri is rooted to Nepal. His grandparents and mother are from Nepal. His father's roots is linked to Nepal. He has his relatives in Jhapa, Kathmandu and Pokhara. He is special to all Nepalese football fans.

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