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'You've held the flag high!' - How Indian sports fraternity reacted to Sunil Chhetri's retirement

Published at :June 7, 2024 at 6:45 PM
Modified at :June 7, 2024 at 6:46 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Sunil Chhetri scored 94 goals in 19 years for the Indian football team.

Indian legend Sunil Chhetri retired from international football on June 6. The Blue Tigers played a goalless draw against Kuwait in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers at Salt Lake Stadium on Thursday.

The stadium was fully packed with spectators as football enthusiasts wanted to take a final glimpse of perhaps the greatest Indian football legend. However, fans didn’t get to witness a goal by Chhetri as the match ended 0-0.

Several sports personalities as well as teams took to social media to thank Sunil Chhetri for everything he’s done for Indian football. Let’s take a look at a few of the social media reactions:

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also wished Sunil Chhetri a happy retirement by stating that he played a major role in keeping the nation’s flag flying high in football. He wrote, “No goal is easy to achieve. Let alone 94 international ones. You’ve held the flag high, Sunil Chhetri. Congratulations on a remarkable career!”

Apart from Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also penned a heartwarming note for Chhetri.

Indian Premier League (IPL) teams such as the Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Gujarat Titans also paid tribute to the former football captain.

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Indian Super League (ISL) sides such as Kerala Blasters, Chennaiyin FC, and Bengaluru FC also thanked Sunil Chhetri for his performance and achievements as the Blue Tigers captain.

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Former Indian men’s hockey team captain and Arjuna Awardee Viren Rasquinha also took to social media and wished Chhetri a happy retirement.

He wrote, “I think what makes Sunil Chhetri a legend is not just the goals he scored for 🇮🇳 and the longevity of his career. It’s also his teamwork, never-say-die attitude, work ethic & leadership. But most importantly, his role model behaviour. We need more Sunil Chhetri’s in Indian Sport.”

2020 Tokyo Olympics Neeraj Chopra also lauded the former Indian football captain.

Indian Football, NBA India and the Indian Super League also paid tribute to the 39-year-old.

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