Top-scorers from Hero ISL 2016
Hero Indian Super League 2016 saw 145 goals scored over the course of 61 games at an average of 2.37 goals/match, 41 goals fewer than last season mainly owing to the tight nature of defences this year. Be that as it may, quite a few players managed to leave their mark on the league this season. Here we take a look at Hero ISL 2016’s top-scorers, who wreaked havoc on opposition defences more often than not.
Marcelinho (10 goals)
Hero ISL 2016’s Golden Boot winner Marcelinho needs no introduction after his craftiness with the ball at his feet left opposition defences reeling at the back. The Brazilian talisman became the first-ever player from Delhi to score a hat-trick. He was involved in more goals than any other player this season with 10 goals and five assists. The 29-year-old produced plenty of strikes for the highlight reel this year with his goal away to Goa being the pick of the bunch.
Iain Hume (7 goals)
After the agony of narrowly missing out on the Hero ISL trophy with Kerala Blasters FC in 2014, Iain Hume finally had the satisfaction of getting his hands on the trophy with champions Atlético de Kolkata. The Canadian striker netted seven times for Kolkata this season en-route to the coveted Hero ISL trophy and becoming the top scorer in the history of the league. His brace in the first leg of the first semi-final against Mumbai City FC played a big role in ATK qualifying for the final.
CK Vineeth (5 goals)
Kerala Blasters’ player of the season, CK Vineeth was the catalyst behind his side’s run to the final. The men in yellow’s semis hopes were not looking very bright when Vineeth returned from AFC Cup participation to guide the Blasters to their second appearance in final in three years. He scored five goals and provided one assist for Kerala in nine appearances with his brace against Chennaiyin FC in the second south Indian derby being his standout performance.
Rafael Coelho (5 goals)
Rafael Coelho was FC Goa’s best player in an otherwise lackluster campaign that saw the Gaurs prop up the league. The Brazilian forward scored five times and provided two assists for Goa this year, with his two goals in Goa’s 5-4 thriller against Chennai being his best performance of the season.
Richard Gadze (5 goals)
A part of Delhi’s deadly attacking quartet, Richard Gadze enjoyed his best Hero ISL this year after bagging five goals and four assists for the Lions. The young Ghanaian’s blistering pace posed a major threat to opposition defences all season, while his poacher’s instinct often saw him score important goals for the Dynamos. His best contribution in terms of impact came against Mumbai City when he scored and provided once each in a thrilling 3-3 draw in New Delhi.
Diego Forlan (5 goals)
Diego Forlan lived up to his billing for Mumbai City in Hero ISL 2016 after guiding Alexandre Guimaraes’ men to their maiden semis appearance this year. The Uruguayan icon scored five goals for the Mumbaikars this season, while also providing three assists. His hat-trick against Kerala saw him maintain Mumbai’s record of being the only team to have scored a hat-trick every season - Andre Moritz in 2014 and Sunil Chhetri in 2015.
Anibal Rodriguez (5 goals)
Top-scorer for FC Pune City this year, Anibal Rodriguez netted five times for the Stallions in their first season under head coach Antonio Habas. The 34-year-old Mexican forward will rue the lack of support he received up front but will be glad at his individual performance having scored more from direct free-kicks than any other player (2) this season.
Dudu (5 goals)
Nigerian forward Dudu ended as Chennaiyin FC’s top-scorer with five goals to his credit as well as an assist. He became the only player to score for three different teams in the Hero ISL this year having netted previously for FC Pune City and FC Goa. The 31-year-old also became the first the player in league history to score hat-tricks for two different teams after netting a treble against NorthEast United FC in a 3-3 draw.
Emiliano Alfaro (5 goals)
Uruguayan forward Emiliano Alfaro spearheaded NorthEast’s attack this season with five goals. He was instrumental behind the Highlanders’ strong start to the season with his brace against FC Goa early in the season being his best performance.