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Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan pen emotional messages as Indian Football team Captain Sunil Chhetri retires after FIFA World Cup match: “End of an era”

en Bollywood News Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan pen emotional messages as Indian Football team Captain Sunil Chhetri retires after FIFA World Cup match: “End of an era”

The 39-year-old striker has transcended the sport, becoming the very face of Indian football.

Indian football witnessed a monumental shift on Thursday as its iconic captain, Sunil Chhetri, announced his retirement from international football. The FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kuwait on June 6 in Kolkata was his final act for the national team, marking the culmination of a glorious two-decade career. Chhetri's decision sends a wave of emotions through the nation. The 39-year-old striker has transcended the sport, becoming the very face of Indian football. His unwavering dedication and leadership have been a source of immense pride, inspiring countless youngsters to dream of emulating his success.

Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan pen emotional messages as Indian Football team Captain Sunil Chhetri retires after FIFA World Cup match “End of an era”

Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan pen emotional messages as Indian Football team Captain Sunil Chhetri retires after FIFA World Cup match: “End of an era”

As Chhetri shared a photo on Instagram, a simple caption of “Alright, then”, sports fans and Bollywood celebrities flocked to social media to express their gratitude. Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, and Abhishek Bachchan offered a heartfelt thank you for Chhetri's immense contributions to Indian football.

 

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Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan pen emotional messages as Indian Football team Captain Sunil Chhetri retires after FIFA World Cup match “End of an era”

Chhetri's legacy extends far beyond statistics. He holds the record for most international goals scored by an Indian player, with a staggering 94 goals to his name. This achievement places him amongst the elite company of active players, trailing only the legendary Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, Chhetri's impact goes deeper than numbers. He captained the Indian team with an exemplary spirit, leading by example on and off the field. His tireless work ethic and unwavering belief in the team's potential were instrumental in propelling India's ranking to its highest-ever position of 96th in the FIFA rankings (as of June 2024).

Chhetri's journey began in humble beginnings. Born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, his passion for football was evident from a young age. He honed his skills playing in local tournaments and quickly rose through the ranks, making his international debut in 2005. Since then, he has been a constant presence in the national team, a beacon of hope and a symbol of Indian football's growth.

Throughout his career, Chhetri witnessed the highs and lows of Indian football. He played a pivotal role in India's triumphs in the SAFF Championship and the Nehru Cup, etching his name in the hearts of fans with every goal and every crucial assist. He also captained the team through challenging periods, his unwavering determination serving as a source of inspiration during difficult times.

ALSO READ: Ranveer Singh pens emotional message as Indian Football team Captain Sunil Chhetri announces retirement: “Thank you for bringing us so much joy and glory”


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