Virat Kohli Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Sunil Chhetri as Indian Football Legend Announces Retirement

Virat Kohli Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Sunil Chhetri: Former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has extended a poignant message to Indian football skipper Sunil Chhetri following the latter’s declaration of retirement from international football. Chhetri, aged 39, disclosed his decision on Thursday (May 16), revealing that his final match representing India will be against Kuwait in a FIFA World Cup qualification encounter scheduled for June 6.

Chhetri, renowned for his prolific goal-scoring prowess, holds the distinguished position of having the third-highest goal tally in international football, trailing only behind Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Ali Daei (Iran), and Lionel Messi (Argentina). Throughout his illustrious career, he has netted an impressive 94 goals in 150 appearances for the national team.

The bond between Kohli and Chhetri transcends their respective sports, marked by a profound friendship that has flourished over the years. Kohli, aged 35, frequently extends invitations to Chhetri for training sessions with Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), underscoring their camaraderie both on and off the field.

Reacting promptly to Chhetri’s retirement announcement on Instagram, Kohli conveyed his sentiments with a succinct yet deeply meaningful message, referring to Chhetri as his brother and expressing profound pride: “My brother. PROUD.”

As the football fraternity bids farewell to one of its most cherished icons, Kohli’s heartfelt tribute resonates with the mutual respect and admiration shared between two of India’s sporting stalwarts, encapsulating the essence of Chhetri’s enduring legacy and the indelible mark he has left on Indian football.

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