Source: News Bharati English05 Oct 2016 16:39:03
Madrid, October 5: Ishan Pandita from Bengaluru becomes the first Indian player to sign a professional one year contract with Spanish football club for La Liga, a National football league in spain. The 18 year-old Bengaluru boy with Kashmir origin has been roped in, in the U-19 side of Deportivo Leganes.
Deportivo is placed 11th in the current season of the Spanish League, La Liga. Ishan’s physical fitness and ability to score goals was the main factor for him to be selected in the team. Around 3 years ago he took a break from his studies to pursue his dream of playing for a top European club. Earlier Ishan had successful trial with Getafe, but right before the deal could be finalized, the club got relegated.
“It’s been a tough three years here in Spain but at the end, it was all worth it. It feels great to be the first Indian to go down this path. Right from the moment I decided to take a break from studies till now, I never gave up on my dream” said Ishan Pandita.
Since the foundation of La Liga a total of 60 teams have participated and competed in it. Nine teams have been crowned champions, while Real Madrid won the title 32 times Barcelona won it 24 times. According to UEFA, La Liga has been the top league in Europe over the last five years, and has produced the continent's top-rated club more times than any other league.