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Indian football legend Kamala Devi retires from professional football

Mudeet Arora
Kamala Devi has announced her retirement from football
Kamala Devi has announced her retirement from football / DIPTENDU DUTTA/GettyImages

The Indian women's football team midfielder Kamala Devi has announced her retirement from professional football on Wednesday.

In a career that panned over 10 years, Devi made 36 international appearances for India, scoring 33 goals before taking the 'very tough decision' to hang up her boots.

Devi helped India win the SAFF Women's Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2014. She also ended up as the top scorer in the 2016 South Asian Games.

In the inaugural Indian Women's League, Devi led Eastern Sporting Union to the league title, scoring 15 goals in 10 games.

She was conferred with the AIFF Women's Football of the Year award in 2017.

In her latest assignment, Devi led Gokulam Kerala FC to the IWL title and also helped them qualify for the FC Women's Club Championship, thus becoming the first Indian club to claim this achievement.

Here's what Devi mentioned in her retirement message:

Dear Respected Friends, Family and Everyone else,

It’s been a hard decision for me but I would like to announce my retirement from playing professional football. It has been a very tough decision for me.

First of all, I would like thank my parents and my loving Edomcha. Then I would like to thank Oja Biren who taught me how to play football in the grassroots level which made me the footballer I’m and help me fullfill all my wishes that I had. I would also like to thank my respected local brothers who guided me and supported me throughout my career.