“Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practising. Then you can work in the circus. The technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your teammate,” said footballing legend Johan Cruyff. How true, indeed! As catches win matches in cricket, the same can be said about passes in football. Indian Super League has been blessed with some of the most intelligent passers. Here are the top 10 players with most passes in the ISL.
10Dimas Delgado – 2432 passes
Dimas Delgado has featured in 37 matches in the ISL. A Bengaluru FC man through and through, he has registered a total of 2432 passes in the league so far. He averages 65 passes per game and has maintained a 77.38% passing accuracy.
The defensive midfielder has also scored 2 goals and registered 8 assists for the Blues. He is ranked no.10 in the list of most passes in ISL.
9Rowllin Borges – 2449 passes
Rowllin Borges made his ISL debut for NorthEast United FC. The Goan born midfielder has a total of 2449 passes to his name having played 50 games in the ISL. He has an average of 49 passes per game with an 80% passing accuracy. In his 50 matches, he has scored 4 goals and registered 2 assists for the Highlanders. He is currently ranked no.9 for most passes in ISL.
Borges switched teams to join Mumbai City FC for the 2019-2020 campaign and will be looking find more players in favorable positions in the upcoming games.
8Edu Bedia – 2507 passes
Edu Bedia played 2 seasons for the Gaurs from 2017-2019. The Spanish midfielder registered a total of 2507 passes for his team and helped them reach the finals of the ISL. He averaged 66 passes per game and maintained an 84% passing accuracy while scoring 8 goals and 7 assists for FC Goa. His impactful 2 seasons have rightly earned him the 8th spot for most passes in the ISL.
7Marcos Tebar – 2610 passes
Marcos Tebar is a graduate of the infamous Real Madrid academy. He joined the ISL in 2016 and since then has registered 2610 passes. He averages 58 passes a game and has an accuracy of 83%. Marcos was a Delhi Dynamos player in the 2016 season, and in the following year, he moved to FC Pune City for one season where he was instrumental in getting the Stallions to the top-4. He then returned back to his former club in the 2018-2019 season. Marcos is now a part of the Odisha FC team.
6Sauvik Chakrabarti – 2633 passes
Sauvik Chakrabarti also features in our list of 10 best defenders in ISL. Having made his big stage football debut for Mohun Bagan in the I-League, he is an experienced defender who also makes his place in the 10 most passes in ISL after having registered 2633 passes so far. He averages 36 passes per game and has a passing accuracy of 72%.
5Narayan Das – 2796 passes
Narayan Das is a talented defender who has been fantastic in the ISL. He finds himself in the 6th place for most passes in ISL after registering 2796 passes in 75 matches. Having played for 4 different clubs in the league, he maintained his consistency in performances throughout and is without doubt one of the best defenders in ISL.
4Harmanjot Khabra – 2896 passes
Harmanjot Khabra has a habit of winning titles for whichever club he plays for. He won the ISL with Chennaiyin FC and Bengaluru FC and is one of the best defenders in the ISL. Khabra has also registered 2896 passes in 70 matches, averaging 41 passes in a game and has an accuracy of 74%. The highly experienced player is ranked no.7 in the list of most passes in ISL.
3Lenny Rodrigues – 3084 passes
Lenny Rodrigues has featured in 70 matches in the ISL in which he has registered 3084 passes. The Goan averages 44 passes a game and has an 81% passing accuracy. The experienced midfielder is ranked no.8 in the list of most passes in ISL history so far.
2Ahmed Jahouh – 3252 passes
Ahmed Jahouh, the Moroccan midfielder has made a huge impact in the ISL. He has played just 41 games in the league so far and has registered a staggering 3252 passes. He averages 79 passes per game and has a 79% passing accuracy as well. Ahmed currently ranks 2nd in the most passes in ISL. With his abilities, he will soon be fighting for the no.1 spot.
1Raphael Augusto – 3654 passes
Raphael Augusto made his ISL debut for Chennaiyin FC in 2015, the same year they won their maiden title. He was again involved in the squad that lifted the clubs 2nd ISL title. He then moved to Bengaluru FC for the 2019-2020 season to be a player who will be instrumental in the Blues title defence season.
Since making his debut in 2015, Augusto has registered a total of 3654 passes and has an average of 56 passes per game. He will be leading the list of most passes in ISL history, and we hope he can continue his impeccable record in the new season as well.