The race for the Golden Boot in the Indian Super League was kicked-off by ATK Mohun Bagan attacking midfielder Hugo Boumous in the ISL 2021-22 season curtain-raiser against Kerala Blasters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Friday, November 19.
How the ISL golden boot award is determined
The Golden Boot, given to the ISL top scorer at the end of a season, is one of the most prestigious individual awards in India's premier football league.
According to the previous ISL rules, if multiple players accumulate the same number of goals, the player with a higher assist count is handed the award. In the unlikely scenario of a deadlock in the assist count as well, the player who has played the least minutes that season will be awarded the coveted prize.
Former FC Goa striker Igor Angulo won the Golden Boot in ISL 2020-21, having scored 14 goals.
Last season, the top scorer would be determined by minutes per goal and the practice will continue in the latest edition of India's premier football competition.
ISL top scorer for 2021-22: Golden Boot award contenders
ATK Mohun Bagan's newest acquisition Hugo Boumous got off the mark in emphatic fashion, opening his ISL 2021-22 account within two minutes of the ATKMBFC vs KBFC fixture. Boumous will be a strong contender for the golden boot and is likely to face stiff competition from team-mate Roy Krishna, who was part of the scoring against Kerala on Friday. The Fiji star lost out on the Golden Boot award last season and will hope to make amends this term.
Among the homegrown players, Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri - who was conferred with the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award this year - will look to continue his dominance as the top-scoring Indian goalscorer in the ISL.
ISL top scorer 2021-22 rankings
|Javier Hernandez - Odisha FC||1||2||0|
|Liston Colaco - ATK Mohun Bagan||2||2||1|
|Hugo Boumous - ATK Mohun Bagan||2||2||0|
|Nerijus Valskis - Janshedpur FC||2||2||1|
|Roy Krishna - ATK Mohun Bagan||2||2||1|
Feature image courtesy: Twitter / Indian Super League