Eminent Footballer and Team Captain Sunil Chhetri Announces His Retirement, Adds: 'This Will Be My Last' - Latest Global News

Eminent Footballer and Team Captain Sunil Chhetri Announces His Retirement, Adds: ‘This Will Be My Last’

Sunil Chhetri is one of the most successful names in our country when it comes to the tough sport of football. Considered the greatest footballer of all time, Sunil began his professional football career in 2002 with Mohun Bagan Athletic Club in Kolkata. He then quickly elevated his game to his country’s international level and was instrumental in helping India achieve great success in the Nehru Cup, the SAFF Championship and the AFC Asia Cup. In 2011, he received the Arjuna Award, followed by the Padma Shri in 2019 and the Khel Ratna Award in 2021. Currently, the striker is not only the captain of the Indian national football team but also the Bengaluru team in the Indian Super League.

Sunil Chhetri announces his retirement and says his last game will be against Kuwait in June

On The athlete, who has had a highly successful career in the sport over the last nineteen years, noted that his last match will be the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kuwait, scheduled to take place on June 6 in Kolkata. The veteran captain of the Indian team posted a video message on his social media account in which he candidly recalled several milestones in his career and explained the reason behind his retirement. An excerpt from it can be heard as:

“The feeling I remember over the last 19 years is a very nice combination of duty, pressure and great joy.” I never thought that these were the games I played individually for the country, that is what I did well, what I did badly. But now I’ve done it, the last month and a half. It felt very strange. I did it because I decided that the next game would be my last.”

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Sunil Chhetri once revealed what his days off from the football field look like

The most obvious place to spend most of Sunil Chhetri’s time is undoubtedly the football field. However, athletes also have their private lives and times in which they would like to spend it differently. On the same lines, Sunil spoke in an earlier interview with The Financial Express and revealed that a day off for him would mean waking up later than usual and craving a cuppa Tea with Adrak. He added more and said:

“When I’m at home, I like to watch films and documentaries. I read books. And of course, when my wife and I agree on a date, we often go out to eat.”

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When Sunil Chhetri revealed how he fell in love with his coach’s daughter Sonam Bhattacharya

In his personal life, Sunil Chhetri is happily married to the love of his life, Sonam Bhattacharya. For those unfamiliar, she is the daughter of Sunil’s trainer Subrata Bhattacharya. While their jodi sounds quite unique to many, once upon a time the sportsman shared how he met Sonam in an interesting turn of events. While speaking to the people of Bombay, Sunil Chhetri narrated:

“Her father was my coach and he always mentioned this guy, ‘Chhetri’, to her. I was 18 and she was 15. She was curious, so she stole my number from my father and texted me saying, “Hello!” I’m Sonam and I’m a big fan, I want to meet you!’. I had no idea who she was. She loved texting so I decided to get to know her – when we met I realized she was a kid! I said to her, “You are a child, go study” and walked away. But for some reason we haven’t stopped texting.”

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Sunil Chhetri and Sonam Bhattacharya revealed their son’s face

It was in December 2017 when Sunil Chhetri tied the knot with Sonam Bhattacharya at a grand wedding in Kolkata. A few years later, in August 2023, the couple was promoted to parenthood with the birth of their son Dhruv. On March 27, 2024, the enthusiastic parents hosted their little ones’ rice-eating ceremony Annaprashan, in which they revealed their son’s face. The little boy looked cute as a button in his blue ethnic avatar.

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