ISL- Indian Super League

Top five highest scorers in the ISL of all time

December 1 2023
ISL highest scorers
(Courtesy : ISL Media)

Some of the names in the list have also won the league.

The Indian Super League has improved in terms of quality over the years. It is always high on entertainment across every edition. Across the seven editions, the ISL have seen some incredible attackers feature as the highest scorers in the league. Bartholomew Ogbeche, on January 31, 2022, surpassed Sunil Chhetri and Ferran Corominas to become the all-time leading goalscorer in the ISL’s history.

Players from India and foreign countries have scored many goals in the process of achieving success for their sides. While the best of the best domestic players have featured in the history of the tournament, some foreign players have also left their mark and become fan favourites.

Here are the top five highest scorers in the history of the ISL.

5. Marcelinho – 34 goals

Marcelo Leite Pereira of NorthEast United FC in action during match 77 of season 8 of HERO INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE played between NorthEast United FC and Hyderabad FC at Fatorda Stadium in Goa, India, on 31st January 2022. Photo: Sandeep Shetty/Focus Sports/ ISL

The Brazilian is the first name on the list with 33 goals to his name. Marcelinho joined the ISL with Delhi Dynamos in 2016. The winger scored 10 goals in 15 games that term, winning the golden boot in the process. He has also played for Hyderabad FC, Odisha FC and ATKMB since then. In ISL 2021-22, Marcelinho joined NorthEast United on loan from Rajasthan United.

Marcelinho scored only two goals in the 2020/21 campaign, struggling to feature under Stuart Baxter. He joined ATKMB for the latter part of the season on a loan and got more playing minutes under his belt. The attacker had joined Esporte Clube Taubaté in Brazil but returned to play in India with Rajasthan United in the I-League. But with the I-League suspended, the Brazilian joined the Highlanders on a loan deal. He appeared eight times for NorthEast United and bagged a solitary goal.

4. Roy Krishna – 43 goals*

ATK Mohun Bagan
Krishna is one of the best strikers in the ISL at the moment

ATK Mohun Bagan’s Roy Krishna is in the fourth spot among the highest scorers in the history of the ISL. The scoring rate of the striker is simply incredible because he has only spent three full seasons in India. The Fiji international has scored 36 goals and also assisted 18 times in 60 appearances.

Roy Krishna was instrumental in ATK’s league triumph in the 2019/20 season, scoring 15 goals. He scored 14 goals in the second season in India with ATK Mohun Bagan, guiding them to the final of the tournament. In the 2021/22 season, he netted seven goals in 16 appearances.

Roy Krishna currently plays for Odisha FC.

3. Ferran Corominas – 48 goals

Coro left FC Goa to join Atletico Baleares last season

Ferran Corominas occupies the second spot among the highest scorers in the history of the ISL with 48 goals. The Spaniard joined the ISL in 2017/18 and scored 18 goals in 20 games for FC Goa, winning the golden boot in the process. He followed up his incredible debut season by scoring 16 goals during the 2018/19 season, winning the golden boot yet again. The Spaniard scored 14 goals in his final season in India before departing the Goan club. 

The forward has 64 goal contributions (48 goals and 16 assists) in 57 games, which shows he was in a league of his own. The 38-year-old left the Gaurs ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, joining Atlético Baleares last season. Corominas held the record as the highest scorer in the ISL for a few years before Ogbeche surpassed him on January 31, 2022.

2. Sunil Chhetri – 59 goals*

Chennaiyin Bengaluru
Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri is the only Indian to feature in the list of five highest scorers in the history of the ISL. The India international has scored 51 goals and assisted 10 times in 114 appearances for Mumbai City FC and Bengaluru FC combined.

The Bengaluru FC captain is still playing at his peak despite being 38-years old. Chhetri scored his 52nd goal and his first of the ISL 2022-23 season against Kerala Blasters, through what was a controversial penalty decision from the official.

1. Bartholomew Ogbeche – 63 goals

Bartholomew Ogbeche
Ogbeche has scored for four teams in the ISL (Courtesy: ISL Media)

Hyderabad FC’s Bartholomew Ogbeche is now the all-time leading goalscorer in the history of the ISL. The Nigerian marksman has scored 53 goals and made seven assists in 77 appearances. He made his debut during the 2018-19 campaign for NorthEast United, scoring 12 goals in the process.

The 36-year-old joined Kerala Blasters in his second season and continued the goalscoring form. He scored 15 goals in 16 games for the Yellow Army before joining the Islanders ahead of the 2020/21 season. He helped guide Mumbai City FC to their maiden ISL trophy before making the move to Hyderabad FC in the summer. He scored 18 goals for the Nizams last season and won the Golden Boot.

Big Bart has already added six more goals to his tally in this ongoing 2022-23 season.

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