Mizoram: Wonder kid Jerry Lalrinzuala bags Emerging Player of the ISL


AIZAWL: Left-back for Chennaiyin FC, Jerry Lalrinzula's story became glory when the 18-year-old from Mizoram became the toast of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 winning this years Emerging Player of the League award.

Playing as a defender in Marco Materazzi's team, hard work and persistent persuasion of his dream has finally paid off. His development over the last three months as a left-back is a testament to his stolid defensive work, as well as his marauding runs along the left wing and his clinical crosses into the box, when it really mattered for his side.

Mumbai City FC shot-stopper Amrinder Singh bagged the Golden Glove award. Amrinder's sharp reflexes, positioning and vision helped Mumbai City FC to the top of the league standings this season.

Former Chelsea FC midfielder and Delhi Dynamos' marquee player, Florent Malouda's contribution to the Dynamos' cause saw the team reach the semi-finals for the second consecutive year. He grabbed the Hero of the League. Borja Fernandez was named the Amul Fittest Player of the League. He has been a mainstay of the Atletico de Kolkata midfield from the first edition of the tournament. Tasked with the responsibility to captain the side this season, Borja took his team to the knockout rounds of the competition for the third successive time.

In 2016, a season which saw many of the teams tighten up their respective defense strategies, it took a special performance from Delhi Dynamos' Marcelo Pereira to win the Swift Golden Boot Award. Pereira scored ten goals from the 26 chances which came his way throughout the tournament.

South African winger Sameehg Doutie, walked away with the DHL Winning Pass of the League award for his contribution to Atletico de Kolkata through the course of the league. The Highlanders NorthEast United FC won the award for the Best Pitch, while Chennaiyin FC's co-owner Abhishek Bachchan picked up the Fair Play Award on behalf of his team.