Football Champs in Goa : TOP 10 Best Football Players in Goa5 min read

Goan's are famous for - Fun, Fish and Football. You can't separate football with Goa.


Here is our list of Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa.

1. Mandar Rao Dessai 2.Romeo Fernandes 3. Lenny Rodrigues 4. Pratesh Shirodkar 5. Keenan Almeida 6. Brandon Fernandes 7. Augustin Fernandes 8. Denzil Franco 9. Rowllin Borges & 10. Laxmikant Kattmani

Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa


Coming to sports football is my personal favorite. Commonly known as Soccer. It was first introduced by  England’s in the year 1863. It is a sports with two teams with 11 players and spherical ball. My Dad was a great football player in his childhood. I feel extremely very proud and privileged that I have someone in my family as a sports person. My papa till today keeps telling me how he and his friends use to play at that time, How the matches were organised and how the winners were awarded and many more.

  1. Mandar Rao Dessai

Mandar Rao Dessai is now 25 years old. He plays as a left winger for goa in the Indian Super League (ISL). His first  game as a professional was for Dempo S.C in the year 2014-2015 against Shillong Lajong at the Duler Stadium. He also represented Football Championship Of Goa (FC GOA) in 2014. Mandar won Hero of the Match Award for his performance against Delhi Dynamos and Pune City in 2015 Indian Super League. Mandar made is debut for Under 23 Indian  in 2014 Asian Games against UAE under 23.

  1. Romeo Fernandes

Romeo Fernandes is a native from Asolna Goa. He plays as a Right Winger for Club Delhi Dynamos. Remeo struggled a lot in his career He played many matches for Dempo Team and FC Goa in Indian Super League (ISL). After many good performances I League U20 season, Romeo was called to the Indian team for (AFC) under 22 in Oman against United Arab Emirates in the year 2012. Remeo than became the 500th player to debut the senior Indian team against Guam in a group D. Remeo was a FIFA World Cup Qualifier in 2012.

  1. Lenny Rodrigues

Lenny Rodrigues started his career at the age of 23 in the year 2010.He developed as a professional in his teens when he played for Fransa Pax Club. He also took training from Salgaocar for atleast one year and half. He then moved to Churchill Brothers boys team U20. While playing the same year in 2008 this boy won I-League. He also won Durand Cup, IFA Shield in 2009 and IFA Shield in 2011. Lenny made his debut for senior international team representing India against Oman in 2012.

  1. Pratesh Shirodkar

Next in our list of the Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa is Pratesh Shirodkar A native from Calangute (Goa) was Born on 19 February 1989. He is a Midfielder for Mumbai in Indian Super League(ISL). He was also a part of SESA GOA Football Academy in 2012. Pratesh scored his first Goal for Sporting Club De Goa of the I-League against ONGC on 29 June 2012. In the year 2015 Shirodkar was the part of FC GOA.

  1. Keenan Almeida

A very professional player who plays as a right back for Chennai in the Indian Super League (ISL). Keenan Almeida is a Catholic boy from Margao Goa. Keenan, among Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa,  started his career with two teams I-League and Goa Professional League in 2013-2014. Currently he plays for FC GOA as a Defender. After playing continues match for 7 times he resigned the team as he could not make up for semi finals. Since he was regular on the ground, he debuted for Indian International  team for Asian Games held at South Korea in 2014.


Next 5 Soccer Player in Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa


  1. Brandon Fernandes

Brandon Fernandes, in the list of Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa,  is a Indian Football player from Margao Goa. He started playing at the age of six in the year 2000 for Fransa Pax. After the dis banding of Fransa Pax, Brandon joined the Velsao Pale Sports Club in 2002. Spending lot of time as a junior footballer, he moved to Goa Football Academy and Salgaocar Sports Club. There he represented  U14 and U16. team.  With the impressive performances Brandon was enrolled in to ASD Football Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. He also played for Mumbai City, Mohan Bagan(loan) and Churchill Brothers in U17 category. Brandon won the Coca Cola Championship Cup in 2010. Brandon represented internationally for the Lusophony games 4 times and scored thrice in 2014.

  1. Augustin Fernandes

Augustin Fernandes was born on 13 October in Goa. He started playing for SESA in 2011 before playing for Salgoacar as a Defender in senior team I-League 2011-2012. In 2015 he debuted for Atletico Kolkata. Augustin also played for FC GOA in Pune who excelled in 2016. A must inclusion in the list of Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa.

  1. Denzil Franco – FC Goa

Denzil Franco was born in Saligao Town in the State of GOA. Denzil Franco was an outstanding Indian Professional Graduated from SESA Academy. Denzil represented India U19 senior level in Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Portugal, Maldives, Malaysia, Qatar, UAE and Sri Lanka. Franco career was with Salgaocar, Mahindra United and played for Churchill Brothers in the year 2010-2011 I-League Season. Denzil International made debut for India against Pakistan on March 23’rd in 2011. Indian won against Pakistan 3-1, he then played his second match against Turkmenistan on March 25, 2011 ended 1-1 Draw.

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  1. Rowllin Borges

Indian Football Player, Rowllin Borges was in Nuvem (GOA) in 1992. He is now playing for North East United in the Indian Super League (ISL 2017 2018) as Defensive midfielder. Rowllin scored his first Goal for India against Nepal in the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2015 at Greenfield Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He also won individual international award for emerging player of the year AIFF 2016. This soccer player in Goa is a must inclusion in our  list of Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa.

  1. Laxmikant Kattmani

Last in our list of Top 10 Best Football Players in Goa, Laxmikant Kattmani plays as a Goal Keeper for Mumbai FC Goa on loan in the Indian Super League (ISL). Laxmikant Kattmani was born on 3’rd May 1989, in Cansaulim Village (Goa). Laxmikant also played for India U23 team in SAFF Cup 2009 in Bangladesh, Dhaka. He is a National Player played for Vasco, Dempo and Mumbai in the years 2008-09, 2009-16, and 2016-17.

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