Football icon Sunil Chhetri to retire after World Cup qualifier against Kuwait on June 6

India is currently second in Group A with four points, behind leaders Qatar

PTI06_21_2023_000452A Sunil Chhetri reacts after winning the match against Pakistan at SAFF Championship 2023 at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru | PTI

Indian football icon Sunil Chhetri on Thursday announced his decision to retire from international football after the FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Kuwait in Kolkata on June 6, bringing the curtains down on a glorious two-decade career.

The long-serving national team captain announced his decision via a video he posted on his social media accounts. India are currently second in Group A with four points, behind leaders Qatar.

 "The match Against Kuwait is the Last," the 39-year-old Chhetri said while announcing his decision to retire. Chhetri had made his 150th appearance for India in March and scored on the occasion against Afghanistan in Guwahati. India, though, lost that game 1-2.

Chhetri, who made his debut in 2005, has scored 94 goals for the country. He will leave the scene as India's all-time top scorer and most-capped player. He is also third in the list of goal scorers among active players behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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