Immaculate tactical awareness and composure under pressure, sparkling creativity, and the sublime ability to break stubborn defensive lines in a blink—players who possess all these qualities become invaluable assets for their teams with their offensive prowess.

From consistent Indians like Brandon Fernandes and Lallianzuala Chhangte to artistic foreigners like Ahmed Jahouh and Dimitri Petratos, the ISL 2023–24 season was graced by the effectiveness and agility of these playmakers.

Let’s delve into the highest chance creators of the just-concluded season without further ado.

Brandon Fernandes (FC Goa) – 60 Chances


The FC Goa captain ranks first on the list with the most chance creations in the ISL 2023–24 season. The dynamic midfielder’s quick ball distribution, precise crosses, and ability to easily beat his marker culminated in a stellar season for the Gaurs as they reached the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. In his 20 appearances this season, the 29-year-old footballer played 495 successful passes, succeeded in 15 dribbles, won 75 duels, and completed 89 recoveries, besides creating 60 chances for his team.

Impressed with his exceptional first touch and close ball control, FC Goa head coach Manolo Marquez once said, “Carles Puyol, with the ball, was 1000 times worse than Brandon (Fernandes).”

Dimitri Petratos (Mohun Bagan SG) – 60 Chances


From winning the ISL League Shield to securing consecutive ISL finals appearances, Dimitri Petratos has been the driving force behind Mohun Bagan SG’s impressive journey in the ISL 2023–24 season. Since joining the Mariners, the Australian has exemplified dedication with his work ethic, ability to be a game-changer in crucial moments, and unwavering passion for the club.

In addition to his 17 goal contributions this season, Petratos ended as the joint-highest chance creator, matching Fernandes' tally.

Madih Talal (Punjab FC) – 57 Chances


Madih Talal's individual brilliance, ability to split defence with pinpoint passes, and astute vision for exploiting tight spaces have made him an indispensable part of Punjab FC’s lineup. From his crafty forward passes to relentless pressure both on and off the ball, the French playmaker's versatility played a pivotal role in the Shers’ eighth-place finish in their debut ISL season. He also showcased his ability to unleash powerful strikes from difficult angles.

Talal's impact extended beyond his impressive tally of 10 assists and six goals; his creative spark and astute positional awareness transformed the whole Punjab FC squad in the second half of the season.

Ahmed Jahouh (Odisha FC) – 47 Chances


Arguably the most clutch player in the Odisha FC squad, Sergio Lobera's go-to asset, Jahouh stands unparalleled in exuding class while in possession, orchestrating the tempo of the match with his sensational skills and tireless box-to-box runs. The Moroccan magician served as the nucleus of the Kalinga Warriors’ side with his remarkable ability to singlehandedly alter the course of a match.

With an impressive tally of 1367 successful passes, an 80% passing accuracy, 47 chances created, and 196 recoveries, Jahouh's presence left an indelible mark on Odisha FC’s season as they reached the ISL semi-final for the first time in history.

Lallianzuala Chhangte (Mumbai City FC) – 43 Chances


Lallianzuala Chhangte once again showcased his brilliance for the Islanders, playing a crucial role in Mumbai City FC’s triumphant ISL Cup victory in the 2023–24 season. Whether putting the ball in the back of the net or creating opportunities for his teammates, Chhangte was the driving force behind the Islanders' success.

He posed a constant threat to opposing defenders with his nimble footwork and sudden burst of pace. With his involvement in 16 goals this season, the Mizo forward also secured the fifth spot on the list of highest chance creators of the season.