Neeraj Chopra salutes soccer legend Chhetri

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 07, 2024 IST

Sunil Chhetri

New Delhi, June 7: Sunil Chhetri will be missed. The soccer legend was given warn farewell on his final appearance in an Indian national jersey. But neither he could score a goal on his final international match, nor could fashion yet another Indian win. The match ended in a goalless draw.

But all that does not lessen the credentials, commitments, service and integrity of Sunil Chhetri, the soccer legend. Soccer fans across India wished him good luck for his post retirement life and thanked him for his commitments as a player.

The Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata gave him an emotional farewell. The sports fraternity and fans did salute Chhetri for his years long relentless service to Indian football and the soccer world. 

Olympic Gold medallist javelin thrower praised Indian football team captain Chhetri, who bid adieu to football in the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Kuwait, on his illustrious international career. 

Chopra shared a special post on social media saying that Chhetri has waved the flag of India high. 

"Aapne humara jhanda bahut uuncha lehraya (you have waved the tri-colour high) @chhetrisunil11 bhai. Congratulations on an amazing international career!" Chopra wrote on X accompanied with a picture of an emotional Chhetri receiving a guard of honour from his teammates.

India were held goalless by Kuwait at home in Chhetri's farewell game, a second-round Group A match of the FIFA World Cup 2026 AFC qualifier here at the Salt Lake Stadium, leaving them to beat Qatar in a must-win away game on June 11.

The game against Kuwait was the 39-year-old’s 151st and final game of a storied national career.

Chhetri bid adieu to his glittering career as the third-highest international goal scorer with 94 international goals in 151 matches behind Argentine star Lionel Messi (106 in 180 matches) and Portugal great Cristiano Ronaldo (128 in 205 matches).

Players come and go. But legends like Sunil Chhetri will be missed by sports lovers. (With IANS support)

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