A-League star Roy Krishna’s signing is being hailed as a ‘game-changer’ for the Indian Super League (ISL), though some in Australia are disappointed by the move.
Krishna, last season’s A-League Golden Boot and Johnny Warren Medal winner for best player in the league, is hot property.
At 31, and still in his prime, he had been linked with big A-League clubs such as Sydney FC as well as the powerful K-League.
The striker had options after a stunning season under Mark Rudan at Wellington Phoenix, but the Fijian star opted for a move that has a strong ancestral pull for him.
And for ISL watchers, the last 24 hours has been cause for huge celebrations.
“Many have called this the biggest coup since the ISL began, which tells you the magnitude of this transfer.
“The Indian Super League (ISL) has seen numerous marquee players being signed up in the past but none can be said to be as important as Roy Krishna's move to ATK,” says Indian football journalist Sumedh Pande (@MarathiScouser) told www.ftbl.com.au
“The Fijian captain and the A-League golden boot winner of the 18/19 season is a striker in his prime and for him choosing India as his next destination reflects how far Indian football has come.
“Statement signings do not get bigger than this! This move is expected to be a game changer.
“Fans in the country are thrilled by Krishna's announcement and can't wait to see him live in action in the ISL.