Sunil Chhetri Reaches 150 International Appearances for India

Sunil Chhetri Reaches 150 International Appearances for India

Sunil Chhetri, the legendary Indian footballer, has etched his name in the annals of international football history by reaching the milestone of 150 appearances for his country. The talismanic striker achieved this remarkable feat during India’s 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match against Afghanistan at Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi International Stadium.

Chhetri’s illustrious career has been marked by numerous accolades and achievements. He is the third-highest active goalscorer in international football, trailing only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. With his goal against Afghanistan, Chhetri extended his unique record of scoring for India in his first, 25th, 50th, 75th, 100th, 125th, and 150th games.

Despite Chhetri’s historic goal, India suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Afghanistan. However, the match marked a significant milestone for the Indian team, as it ended their goalless run this year. India’s last goal came against Kuwait in November 2023.

Prior to the match, Chhetri was felicitated by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in recognition of his remarkable achievement. AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey, Assam Football Association secretary Sangrang Brahma, and AIFF’s technical committee chairperson I.M. Vijayan presented souvenirs to the India skipper.

Chhetri’s journey to 150 international appearances began on June 12, 2005, when he made his debut in a friendly match against Pakistan. Since then, he has become an icon of Indian football, inspiring generations of young players.

Chhetri’s achievements are a testament to his dedication, hard work, and unwavering passion for the game. He has represented India with distinction on the international stage, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of Indian footballers.

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