The Indian Super League (ISL) is India’s biggest domestic football tournament and each year the league is getting bigger and better and the team owners don’t hesitate in spending big at cost of winning the title. But as per the latest salaries released by ISL, here are the highest earners from the Indian football league.
There are a number of top players in the league and here we take a look at the five most valuable players in ISL season 7.
1. Gary Hooper (Kerala Blasters) INR 9.99 crores
Kerala Blasters managed somewhat of a coup when they signed Gary Hooper for a one-year deal for a staggering ₹9.99cr, which makes him the most valuable player in the Indian Super League. The 32-year-old who has most famously played for the likes of Celtic and Norwich City in the past, is a prolific presence up front and will definitely give opposition defences a hard time.
2. Adam le Fondre (Mumbai City FC)- INR 6.66 crores
Another well traveled striker who was in the news recently was Adam le Fondre who joined Mumbai City FC on a season-long loan from Sydney FC. Le Fondre has played for the likes of Reading, Bolton Wanderers, Wolves in the past, is another foreign striker who is deadly in front of goal and could cause problems to opposition defences.
3. Idrissa Sylla (NorthEast United FC) -INR 6.66 Crore
NorthEast United FC were quick to sign Idrissa Sylla just a day after his contract was terminated by Belgian side, Zulte Waregem. The Guinean striker like the two players above him on the list has played at the highest level for Anderlecht and Queens Park Rangers in the past, though his last stint was not the best for him when it came to scoring goals.
4. Isma (Chennaiyin FC)- INR 6.66 crores
Esmaël Gonçalves better known as Isma moved to Chennaiyin FC on a free transfer following a spell at Japanese club, Matsumoto Yamaga, with the club getting a player who is capable of playing both as a striker and a winger and someone who has played in the Champions League, Europa League and AFC Asian Champions League during his career.
While he is not the most prolific striker, he is capable of also creating goals which is much needed for the South Indian side.
5. Vicente Gomez (Kerala Blasters) – INR 6.66 Crore
The only non-striker on the list, Vicente Gomez moved to Kerala Blasters from Deportivo La Coruna on a three-year deal, with the Spaniard bringing a wealth of experience with him. At 32-years-old, the Blasters are getting a player who will give them a solid three-four years and balance in the midfield.