Considered to be one of the brightest players and known for his dribbling skills and high work rate, Sanju Pradhan is an Indian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder-cum-right winger for Mumbai City in the ISL.
He was born on 15th August 1989 in West Sikkim, India.
At a very young age, Pradhan gained a liking to football as he started attending the trials for the "Search for more Bhaichungs" at the West Sikkim district headquarters and impressed everyone and eventually Pradhan was selected by the Sikkim football team at junior level.
The youngster was spirited away by Bimal Ghosh to Air-India after a good outing in the Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup.
The big clubs soon came calling but it was East Bengal which secured his signature in 2008. Pradhan established himself as a pivotal figure for East Bengal and after five years at East Bengal, he moved to Dempo and subsequently Salgaocar.
The midfield dynamo was a part of Atletico de Kolkata's Hero ISL 2014 winning squad and played for NorthEast United FC last year. After donning the orange and purple stripes of FC Pune City last season, he will turn up in the colours of Mumbai City FC for the new one.
On 10th march 2010, Pradhan made his Asian international debut in the 2010 AFC Cup against Al-Ittihad of Syria in which East Bengal lost 1-4.
Pradhan, with his incredible performances, broke through to the senior national team, making his debut against Syria in the Nehru Cup 2012.
Rise to Glory
Pradhan gained fame and came into prominence when he was selected to attend the statewide trials for the program in Gangtok where he passed and was one of 30 boys selected from the trial which was also initial stage of his career and the journey of becoming one of the most brightest football player started.
Pradhan was offered a chance to join the I-League team, Air India F.C. and after spending two years at Air India FC, Pradhan signed for East Bengal F.C. who also play in the I-League in 2008.
On 30 December 2013, Sanju Pradhan joined Dempo on loan from IMG Reliance and 2 years later, Pradhan joined Salgaocar on a season long deal.
Pradhan returned on loan to his former club, East Bengal for the 2016 season. Mumbai City FC decided to rope in Pradhan for the fourth season
He was the part of the East Bengal side for 5 years and made 72 appearances in which he managed to score 10 goals.
Pradhan is an experienced customer, who has plied his trade for various clubs around the country and has a good understanding of the ISL. Sanju Pradhan becomes first player in Indian Super League history to play for 4 different clubs.
In 2011, Pradhan was made captain of East Bengal due to his experience and leadership skills and he scored 2 goals in 2 matches for East Bengal.
While playing for East Bengal, Pradhan has won all the major domestic tournaments available in India besides the I-League.
In 2009-10 and 2012, Sanju won 2 Federation Cups while he also has won 1 Indian Super Cup with the club in 2011.