While all other teams in the 2020-21 season relied on individual performers to lead them to glory throughout the campaign, just Mumbai City FC looked like the only side who believed in the power of team-work, something which eventually led them to their maiden ISL title.
In a team that has outperformed every single side in the ISL this season, we take a look at the best 5 players for the Islanders throughout the tenure of the campaign.
1. Bartholomew Ogbeche
There was no doubt that every single ISL fan thought Ogbeche will be a super hit signing for Mumbai City FC.
But, unlike his first two stints in Indian football with Kerala Blasters and NEUFC, Ogbeche didn’t always start for Mumbai City FC.
However, he did create major impact whenever he stepped on to the field. Ogbeche played a key role in Mumbai's success with eight goals and three assists.
Three of his ultimately crucial goal contributions came at the most important stages of the season, twice during Mumbai City FC’s last two league-stage games and his last assist which set up Bipin to score the winning goal in the final to hand Mumbai the ISL title.
2. Hugo Boumous
He may have missed some games due to injury, but mind you, Hugo Boumous is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons why Mumbai City FC are champions of India.
Even though he featured in just 16 matches for the Islanders, Boumous came up with as many as seven assists and three goals.
The fact that no other Mumbai player could hand in more assists than Boumous did, speaks volumes on how critical he was in leading the Islanders to their first ISL triumph.
3. Bipin Singh
The only hat-trick scorer in the Indian Super League this season, Bipin Singh also came up with the goal that won Mumbai City FC the ISL title against ATK Mohun Bagan in the final.
The 26-year-old winger finished the season with six goals and four assists to his name.
4. Adam Le Fondre
Le Fondre was seen sacrificing his traditional number 9 role in order to play a more crucial role in building attacks for Mumbai City FC throughout the ISL 2020-21 season.
The 34-year-old English striker scored 11 goals in the season and his experience was crucial for Mumbai in maintaining extreme composure in high pressure situations.
5. Mourtada Fall
Mourtada Fall has been one of the best defenders of the Indian Super League from his days at FC Goa and all he did was just proved that fact with Mumbai City FC.
Fall made 50 tackles, 30 interceptions, 34 blocks and 133 clearances over the course of the ISL 2020-21 season. He even came up with four goals at different crucial junctures of Mumbai's title winning campaign.