A-League is the top tier league in Australia which was established in 2004. The league consists of twelve teams, of which eleven are from Australia and one from New Zealand. The champions of the A-League will directly qualify for the AFC Champions League. The current champions of the league are Melbourne City FC. It was their first league victory in history. Many top players have played in the Australian league in the past. Foreign players have always been key to A-League betting‘s ratings.
Let’s have a look at the best foreign players who have played in the past in A-League:
Alessandro Del Piero
After spending 19 long years with Juventus, on 5 September 2012, Del Piero signed a two-year deal with Sydney FC. He was paid approximately 3.5 million Australian dollars for each of his first two seasons, and therefore became the highest-paid footballer to ever play in Australia.
He joined Sydney FC when he was 38 years old. But the age was not a barrier for him. He scored 24 goals in 48 games across two seasons. Whilst the ex-Juventus star failed to win any trophies, he still picked up individual awards without much effort, including the 2012/13 Goal of the Season Award and earning a spot in the AFC Hall of Fame in 2015 for his efforts with Sydney FC.
Carlos Hernandez was one of the deadliest goalscorers in A-League. The Costa Rican midfielder was consistent in scoring from set-pieces for Melbourne Victory. His 13 goals from 28 games earned him the Johnny Warren Medal, the award given to the Best Player in the 2009/10 season, as well as a spot in the Costa Rica side for the 2010 World Cup. He returned to A-League in 2013 to play for Wellington Phoenix. But that short spell was not successful and left A-League after a year.
The Brazilian striker is one of the clinical and lethal strikers the A-League has ever seen. He registered 42 goals in just 57 appearances for Sydney FC, forming a formidable partnership with former Besiktas teammate Filip Holosko during his brief stint at The Allianz Stadium.
He scored 27 goals in 28 games during the 2017/18 season and won the Golden Boot. Bobo became the fastest player in A-League history and equalled an Australian league record of reaching 20 goals for a season in the shortest amount of time (in 20 games). This was broken in a 4–0 win away against Melbourne City. On 29 March 2018, Bobo broke the record for most goals in a single season with a double, putting him on 24 goals during a 3–2 win over Perth Glory.