Kerala Blaster Team Announced, Sandesh Jhingan Becomes Highest Paid Domestic Player In The ISL

Last year’s best emerging player of the ISL, Sandesh Jhingan get the reward for his hardwork when he gets the deal from his franchise of 1.55cr rupees. His franchise Kerala Blasters reached the final of 1st instalment of the tournament. Where they faced Atletico de Kolkata and lost to them.

Despite the defeat at the final Sandesh stood tall at the Kerala defence through the whole tournament and gained lot of appreciations. He gave consistent performance match after match and now his franchise gives him the lump sum reward of 1.55 crore rupees for 2 years. Jhingan, who is now playing for Sporting Club on loan from Kerala Blasters, also will get the half of his loan fee. That makes him the highest paid domestic player in the Indian Super League.

Sandesh Jhingan Becomes Highest Paid Domestic Player In The ISL

Not only Sandesh but also a pack of domestic players are also retained by the Kerala franchise- Gurwinder Singh, Sandip Nandy, Ishfaq Ahmed, Saumik Dey, Mehtab Hussain, Ramandeep Singh and Nirmal Chhetri. They also poached Mohammad Rafi, whose goal crushed Kerala at the final match last year, from ATK.

Once Indian professional footballers had to go to office after the practice and had to rely on the office job as the payment of that time is little and irregular. That affected their play and thus their careers. But that time has been changing through last few decades and now ISL makes a huge difference. Jhingan is the biggest proof of that. Thus ISL not only pick out the young talents from India but also help them to be financially safe and help them to grow even better for the sake of the nation’s football dream.

Sandesh will inspire many more young guns to take up the game and flourish their talents. This will be the biggest success of ISL.

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Kerala Blaster Team Announced

Retained: Sandesh Jhingan, Ishfaq Ahmed, Sandip Nandy, Saumik Dey, Gurwinder Singh, Mehtab Hussain, Nirmal Chhetri, Ramandeep Singh

New signing: Mohammad Rafi.

Wrap Up

After the successful inaugural season, we are all set for fantastic second season of ISL. Domestic players performed very well in the first season of ISL. As a result all the franchise shows faith in domestic players, retained most of them, which is a very good news for Indian football. ISL committee also organized grassroots festival and various campaign to encourage children all across the country and provide them the opportunity to play and participate the game. The way things are going, the future looks bright for Indian Football.

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