ISL 2017: Top 5 expensive signings this season
The new season of Indian Super League starts on November 17th and in stark contrast to the earlier editions, the number of participant teams have increased to 10 this time out.
The winner of the popular franchise league will be awarded a spot on the continental stage in the form of an AFC Cup qualification. All ten teams have been busy adding to their respective squads, with due consideration and thought given to the extended schedule of the 2017-18 season before roping in players.
Having spent more than ?150 crores in the transfer window that ended earlier this month, ISL clubs are now ready for the battle that starts in exactly two months today. With the help of data sourced from the Times of India, we tabulate the five most expensive players in the ISL this season, and there are quite a few surprise names on this list.
#5 Bruno Pinheiro - ?1.9 crores
FC Goa bolstered their squad with the addition of Bruno Pinheiro, who previously plied his trade for the club in the inaugural edition of the ISL.
Pinheiro is a Portuguese footballer who has spent the majority of his career playing in the Primeira Liga, the top tier of Portuguese football. The 30-year-old versatile defender had a decent season at the heart of the Gaurs defence in 2014. Having played for them in 14 matches, Bruno had incredible stats with the team as he made 50 interceptions and 47 clearances.
The inclusion of this former Portugal U-21 international will strengthen the centre of the 2015 runners-up and is seemingly well worth the money he is on.