Sunil Chhetri Bids Farewell with Tears and Standing Ovation at Salt Lake

Sunil Chhetri Bids Farewell: In an emotional farewell at Salt Lake Stadium, India captain Sunil Chhetri was brought to tears as fans gave a standing ovation following his final game in Kolkata. Chhetri’s illustrious career ended with a 0-0 draw against Kuwait, marking his last match for India.

As the game concluded, Chhetri took a poignant lap of honor, with the entire stadium on its feet, chanting his name. The Indian players honored the legendary footballer with a guard of honor, celebrating his immense contributions to Indian football.

Chhetri retires as India’s highest goal scorer with 94 goals and the record-holder for the most matches played for the national team. Throughout the match, Salt Lake Stadium was alive with energy, as tifos praised Chhetri’s dedication to Indian football, dubbing him the “golden boy” and paying tribute to his remarkable career.

Chhetri’s father, present on the ground, expressed his emotions to the media, sharing his pride and sentiment for his son’s final match. Despite a not-so-ideal ending with a goalless draw against Kuwait on June 6, Chhetri played the full match, unable to secure a final goal in this FIFA World Cup Qualifier clash.

At 39, Sunil Chhetri retires as the fourth-highest goal scorer in men’s international football, following the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Ali Daei. His departure marks the end of an era for Indian football, with fans and teammates celebrating a career that has inspired many and left an indelible mark on the sport.

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