Hero of the Month: Nominees for December

The Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 witnessed a December full of lively action, goals and a few edge-of-the seat contests. With the league table still uncertain, FC Goa find themselves heading into the new year on top with ATK FC hot on their heels. As we brace ourselves for an intriguing race for the qualifying spots in 2020, let’s have a look at the top performers from the final month of 2019, who have been nominated for December’s Hero of the Month award. Over the next few days, fans and a panel of experts will cast their votes to choose the eventual winner.

How to vote:

Here’s how the votes are counted:

Fans' votes will count towards 50% of the vote share and experts' votes account for the remaining 50%.

For example, if nominee ‘A’ gets 80 % of votes from fans, it will be counted as 40% in the final tally.

Similarly, if nominee A gets 60% of the experts' votes, it will be counted as 30% in the final tally and his final count will be 70% (40%+30%).

The nominee with the highest cumulative percentage (fans + experts) after voting ends will be named the Hero of the Month.

In the event that two players end up with equal final percentage (fans & experts' votes), the nominee with the higher percentage of experts' votes will win.

Here are the Hero of the Month nominees for December:

Roy Krishna

Winner of November’s Hero of the Month, Roy Krishna has continued his scoring form for ATK, with a brace each against NorthEast United FC and Hyderabad FC. Krishna’s most important goal of the month came against Hyderabad, as he equalised in added time to ensure his side left Hyderabad with a point. The striker scored four times in as many matches in December, and also created three chances for his team.

Ferran Corominas

FC Goa’s talisman has been in red-hot form in December, scoring four goals and raking up an assist in just three outings. Hero ISL’s all-time top goal scorer has scored in all of the games he was involved in last month, including a vital winner against ATK – Goa’s closest rival on the table currently.

Brandon Fernandes

Brandon Fernandes has been one of the best players for FC Goa this season, with his set-piece prowess and passing ability proving key to Goa’s season yet again. In the five matches Brandon played last month, the creative midfielder scored two goals and assisted two more, while creating a whopping 11 chances for his team. The midfielder hade some crucial defensive contributions as well, with 10 successful tackles and seven blocks.

Rafael Crivellaro

Under Owen Coyle, Chennaiyin FC have looked like a new team, ending their barren run and scoring seven goals in three matches. Rafael Crivellaro was involved in four of these goals across all three matches the two-time Hero ISL champions played this month. He scored two against FC Goa and assisted Nerjus Valskis’ and Andre Schembri’s openers against Jamshedpur and Kerala respectfully. The attacker also created eight other chances for his team this month.

Raphael Messi Bouli

With Kerala Blasters struggling for form and Bartholomew Ogbeche missing for a few games earlier last month, Raphael Messi Bouli has come to the fore. In the four draws and one loss for the Kochi-based club in December, Messi scored four goals, including a brace against Jamshedpur and a goal each against Mumbai City FC and FC Goa. Needless to say, without the Cameroonian, Kerala would have been in an even worse situation than they are in now.

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