Former captain and the main striker of the Indian football team Baichung Bhutia announces his retirement from the International Career. Baichung Bhutia has been a part of the Indian Football for the last 16 years.
Baichung Bhutia the 34 year old footballer announced his retirement on Wednesday at the All India Football Federation headquarters.
Baichung Bhutia was also known as the ‘Sikkimese Sniper’ for his excellence game.
“I had fantastic 16 years of international football. I enjoyed every moment to have represented the country, to have contributed to the game,”
Baichung Bhutia was struggling from injuries for the last few years and at the Asian Cup in Qatar in January he was able to play only for the 15 minutes.
Asian Cup is the biggest event in the history of Indian football that India ever played.
“Winning the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008, to qualify for the Asian Cup were the best moments of my career and I thought of retiring after playing in that tournament,”
“But I could play only 15 minutes in the Asian Cup and I thought it was not the right way to retire. I wanted to continue playing but the last 7-8 months have been frustrating due to lot of injuries. So I have decided to quit,”