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Sunil Chhetri, the esteemed captain of India’s national football team, has officially retired from international football. Chhetri played his final match against Kuwait in the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier on Thursday. The 39-year-old forward is celebrated as the fourth-highest goal scorer in the world, following Cristiano Ronaldo, Ali Daei, and Lionel Messi. Over his illustrious career spanning more than two decades, Chhetri has scored an impressive 94 goals for India. Following his international retirement, celebrities have been paying heartfelt tributes to the football legend.

Arjun Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Ranveer Singh bid farewell to Sunil Chhetri

Arjun Kapoor, an avid football fan, posted a moving note on his Instagram story on Thursday to honour Chhetri. He shared a picture of the football icon, captioning it, “End of an era. Thank you, Sunil Chhetri, for the memories, the passion, and the unmatched dedication.” Kapoor’s post highlights the significant impact Chhetri has had on Indian football and the admiration he has garnered from fans and fellow sports enthusiasts.

Actor Abhishek Bachchan also paid tribute to Chhetri, sharing a picture on his Instagram handle. The image shows Chhetri standing in the stadium with folded hands in the air, wearing his football jersey. Bachchan accompanied the post with a congratulatory message: “Congratulations Cap on such a legendary career! It has been an honour to see you play for the country and lead by example.” In his caption, the ‘Yuva’ actor referred to Chhetri as ‘one of the greatest Indian sportsmen’ ever, acknowledging his remarkable contributions to Indian football.

Sachin Tendulkar shares congratulatory message for Sunil Chhetri

India’s cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, also joined in paying tribute to Sunil Chhetri. Tendulkar shared a picture of Chhetri waving goodbye after his last match, praising the footballer’s outstanding career. In the caption, Tendulkar wrote, “No goal is easy to achieve. Let alone 94 international ones.” He continued, “You’ve held the flag high, Sunil Chhetri. Congratulations on a remarkable career!” Tendulkar’s tribute underscores the hard work and dedication that defined Chhetri’s journey as an international footballer.

Chhetri’s retirement marks the end of an era for Indian football, as he has been a pivotal figure in the sport’s growth and popularity in the country. His leadership, skill, and passion have inspired countless fans and aspiring footballers. As tributes pour in from celebrities and sports icons, it is evident that Sunil Chhetri’s legacy will endure, serving as a testament to his extraordinary career and the lasting impact he has made on Indian football.

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