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From A-League to Hero ISL: A Look at Roy Krishna’s Journey

ATK Mohun Bagan’s talisman and Hero Indian Super League’s (Hero ISL) star striker, the 33-year old Fiji captain Roy Krishna has had a wonderful journey in professional football. Roy Krishna was born in Fiji and kickstarted his professional career in New Zealand. The best of Krishna was seen in the A-League and then the Hero ISL with ATK FC in 2019-20.

Here we dig deep into his journey over the years in the world of football.

A STAR IS BORN IN NEW ZEALAND

Roy Krishna’s football career in New Zealand started with Waitakere United at just the age of 21. He went on to play for the club 103 times, netting on 82 occasions. During that time, his side won the New Zealand Premiership five times and he ended up getting the Golden Boot award in the 2012-13 season.

The 2013-14 season he moved bases to Auckland City FC. His stint with the club was short-lived as he just made six appearances for the club. He got an offer from a club in the capital of the country, Wellington Phoenix. This is when he got all the eyeballs on him. The Wellington Phoenix played in the A-League which was much more competitive than the New Zealand Premiership.

He went on to play in the FIFA Club World Cup for both Waitakere United and Auckland City FC. He became the first player from Fiji to score a goal in that competition.

THE GOLDEN BOOT OF A-LEAGUE

He absolutely loved his time with the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League. His attacking instincts were on point and scored 51 times for them in 123 matches. The 2018-19 season was when we saw the best of Roy Krishna in the Wellington jersey. He scored a staggering 18 goals in that particular season which earned him a well deserved Golden Boot award. He also went on to clinch the Players’ Player of the year award.

SUCCESS IN INDIAN FOOTBALL

Indian football came calling for Roy soon after. It seemed more like a homecoming for the striker as he got an opportunity to come back to the country from which his ancestors left around 140 years ago to Fiji. His introduction to Indian football was mega. He made exactly the kind of impact which was expected of him and helped ATK FC win the Hero ISL trophy in his first year in the league. He now dons the legendary green and maroon of ATK Mohun Bagan and is continuing to put in stellar performances for his new club.

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