Coro in a league of his own as the leading goal-scorer in Hero ISL history
FC Goa hitman Ferran Corominas edged past Iain Hume to become the leading goal-scorer in Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) history following his well-taken penalty in the match against Mumbai City FC last Friday. The strike was the Spaniard’s 29th in the league, one more than Hume, who has been playing in the Hero ISL since its inception back in 2014. What is all the more impressive is that the striker took just 32 matches to achieve the record. Here, we revisit his highlights in the league so far and analyse what sets him apart from the rest.
Corominas, 36, signed for the Gaurs just before the start of the 2017-18 season in mid-July. On his debut for Goa, the 2006 Copa del Rey winner took just 25 minutes to score his first goal for the club in a 3-2 away success against Chennaiyin FC.
The striker’s introduction to his home supporters proved to be even better as he scored a magnificent hat-trick to end Bengaluru FC’s unbeaten start to last season. Each of those goals were different class, comprising rare qualities one doesn’t find in every striker. The first of those goals was, however, the pick of the lot, a brilliant solo strike which left the entire Bengaluru backline stunned.
His next home outing against Kerala Blasters FC produced more of the same as the FC Goa star hit a breathtaking eight-minute hat-trick in the second-half much to the amazement of all Hero ISL fans. Apart from his usual flawless finishes and technical class, the Spaniard also gave a vivid account of his often-underappreciated pace, which on the day, left the Kerala defenders in his wake.
Similar performances in the subsequent matches helped FC Goa qualify for the play-offs before eventually losing to Chennaiyin FC in the semi-final. Corominas though finished with 18 goals, the most by a player in a single Hero ISL campaign – not a bad return for your debut season in the league.
This season hasn’t been much different either with the Spaniard leading the goal-scoring charts with 11 strikes to his name. While it's hard to improve a player of his quality, Corominas hardly looks like someone to rest on his laurels, and as a result, has significantly improved his already brilliant playmaking ability. The 36-year-old has the joint-highest number of assists (5) this season, which is the same number of assists he achieved throughout the course of Goa's last campaign.
The Gaurs will be hoping that the striker keeps producing similar numbers while also helping them go the extra mile and winning them their first Hero ISL title.
Click here to view Corominas’ stats in the Hero ISL.