The ace player Sunil Chhetri and Eugeneson Lyngdoh become millionaires at ISL auction
India national football captain Sunil Chhetri was the
biggest earner at the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) auction in Mumbai.
He was auction for Mumbai City FC for Rs 1.20 crore.
Chhetri's team-mate at Bengaluru FC and central midfielder
Eugeneson Lyngdoh become the ISL's first millionaire.
He was purchased by Pune FC for 1.05 crore from a base price
of Rs 27 lakh, but it wasn't long before the Indian captain fetched the highest
price of the auction.
These two names, among ten of Indian football's best to go
under the hammer for the first time after missing the 2014 ISL, were the only
players to attract bids in excess of a crore.
At third with a price
of Rs 90 lakh was India defender Rino Anto, sold to defending ISL champions
Atletico de Kolkata from a starting price of just 17 lakh.
A total of Rs 7.22 crore was spent on the ten players at the
auction, with FC Goa and Kerala Blasters the only teams not to buy any player.
The 30 year old Chhetri is four-time AIFF Player of the Year and India's
leading goal scorer, had a base price of Rs 80 lakh.
Surprisingly, there was hardly any bidding for the ace
striker once his name was announced by the auctioneer, and Mumbai City FC
bagged him for Rs 1.20 crore; a price which co-owner and Bollywood superstar
Ranbir Kapoor expressed surprise.
The ten Indian football players who were auctioned missed
out on the opening season of the ISL last year owing to their individual
contracts with respective I-League clubs.
The second season of the ISL which runs from October 3 to