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I-League 2018-19: 5 foreigners who deserve to play in the ISL

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27 Feb 2019, 20:23 IST

We have seen some enthralling encounters and brilliant individual performances as we approach the final rounds of yet another exciting season of the I-League. Like the previous two editions, it’s likely that we are going to get a new champion from this season, but we have to wait for that.

This season was memorable as Real Kashmir FC became the first team from the region to qualify for the top flight. Apart from that, many players dazzled on the field with their skills and talent. Indian players like Jobby Justin, Jesuraj, Laldanmawia Ralte have been the most talked-about footballers.

Many of the foreigners have also fared remarkably well in the league. While some of them are new to Indian football, others have been around for quite some time. In each of the cases, they proved that they have got the class to push their game to the next level.

The Indian Super League is the most highlighted league in India right now. It should be noted that it can possibly be the top division league next year while the I-League will be a second-tier tournament, which might see many players migrating to the ISL.

Let us have a look at 5 foreigners who are eligible to play in the Indian Super League:

#1 Nestor Gordillo (Chennai City FC)

Nestor Gordillo in action during the I-League
Nestor Gordillo in action during the I-League

For a team which finished at the eighth position last season, no one thought that Chennai City FC would even give a shot at the championships this time around. Singaporean tactician Akbar Nawas handpicked a handful of Spanish players to fill up the foreign quota and develop a tiki-taka style of football. Nestor Gordillo is one of the architects in the setup.

His understanding of Sandro Rodiguez and Pedro Manzi was laudable. Nestor played a pivotal figure in providing assists throughout the entire I-League, having scored 8 goals also. His goals were very useful which makes him an all-round player. The Spaniard was responsible for setting up most of Pedro Manzi’s goals, which included two in the very first match itself.

The playmaker is a complete package, which is evident from the skills he has displayed in the entire season. Chennai City FC are just a step away from clinching the coveted trophy. Nestor has hogged the limelight for quite some time now. Needless to say, there will a lot of Indian Super League clubs who are eager to rope him for the next season.

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