Indian Super League has witnessed several outstanding individual campaigns over the years and has rewarded them each season with a Player of the League and Emerging Player of the League award.
How have these MVPs performed after winning the award? Let's take a look...
#1 2014: Iain Hume and Sandesh Jhingan
Iain Hume won the Player of the League award in the inaugural season with Kerala Blasters and followed it up with brilliant performances at ATK as well. His second stint with Kerala Blasters wasn't as profligate. He last turned out for FC Pune City in the 2018-19 season and remains the fourth-highest goal-getter in ISL history.
Sandesh Jhingan won the Emerging Player of the League award in 2014 and six years later, he has turned into one of the best centre-backs in India and a first-choice defender for the national team. His performances in the season after winning the gong, however, was not impressive as Blasters finished at the bottom of the table and conceded a league-worst 27 goals.
It must be noted that Blasters have not won a single trophy.
#2 2015: Stiven Mendoza and Jeje Lalpekhlua
Mendoza returned to Chennaiyin on loan from Corinthians for a second stint in the 2015 edition of the competition and took the league by storm, scoring 13 and assisting three goals to pick up the Golden Boot as well. The ISL move proved to be a launchpad for the then 23-year-old as he played for New York City, again on loan, in the following season and secured a permanent move to Ligue 1 club Amiens in 2018;
A 25-year-old Jeje won the Emerging Player of the League award for a remarkable season with Chennaiyin in 2015. He could not replicate his displays in front of goal in the following season as Chennaiyin finished seventh in an eight-team league in 2016. He scored nine goals in the 2017-18 season as Chennaiyin won their second title but since then, he has lacked the same threat in attack due to injuries.
#3 2016: Florent Malouda and Jerry Lalrinzuala
Former Chelsea star Malouda was without a club for over a year after winning the MVP gong at Delhi Dynamos for his displays in the 2016 edition of ISL. In 2018, he signed for a Luxembourg-based club but couldn't make an impression and later had a short stint as a coach at FC Zurich in 2019.
Jerry had an impressive debut season in ISL for which he won the Emerging Player of the League gong. He followed it up with another brilliant season as Chennaiyin landed their second ISL title by beating Bengaluru at their own turf in the final. Since the 2017-18 season, the full-back has struggled with form and fitness but an upturn in form in the 2019-20 season under Owen Coyle has seen the club extend his contract.
#4 2017-18: Sunil Chhetri and Lalruatthara
Bengaluru won their first ISL title in the 2018-19 season after having missed out in the final in the previous season. Sunil Chhetri had an impact with nine goals and three assists. This was after a season wherein he scored 14 goals to pick up the MVP award.
Kerala Blasters struggled on the field throughout the 2017-18 campaign but Lalruatthara shone with his displays as a left-back. However, he has not been able to nail down a place in the first team and impress since.
#5 2018-19: Ferran Corominas and Sahal Abdul Samad
With 48 goals from 57 matches, ISL's all-time top-scorer Coro rarely had bad days in the office. He scored 16 goals and had seven assists in the 2018-19 season and followed that up with 14 goals and four assists last season despite a few injuries.
Sahal Abdul Samad had his breakthrough campaign under David James and picked up the Emerging Player award in his first full season with Blasters. He did not feature regularly under Eelco Schattorie and his defensive output received flak in the following season. The player, however, remains a hot prospect in Indian football.