Sunil Chhetri, Indian Football Icon's Career Accomplishments At A Glance

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri announced on Wednesday that he will retire from international football after the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier match against Kuwait on June 6.

Here’s a quick glance at some pivotal moments from his illustrious career.

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Football Debut

Sunil Chhetri made his international debut in 2005. Currently, he is the long-serving national team captain.

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Number of Goals For National Team

Sunil Chhetri has scored 94 goals in 150 matches for the country. He is India’s all-time top scorer and most-capped player.

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Top Scorer For National Team

Among goals scored for national teams, Chhetri ranks third in the list of top goal scorers among active players — just behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

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Wins Led By Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri helped India win the 2007, 2009, and 2012 Nehru Cup and SAFF Championship in 2011, 2015, 2021 and 2023.

First  AFC Asian Cup

Sunil Chhetri led India to victory in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, which helped the team qualify for their first AFC Asian Cup in 27 years.

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Clubs Played For

Sunil Chhetri has played for various top Indian clubs such as Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, and Mumbai City FC, where he has scored over 140 goals.

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Sunil Chhetri was the AIFF Player of the Year in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018-19.

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Sunil Chhetri was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2011 and Khel Ratna Award in 2021.

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