• soham tiwari

Youngest Captain and Breakthrough player of the Hero ISL 2020-21

Lalengmawia Ralte nicknamed Apuia is just a 20-year-old footballer that has taken over ISL with a storm in last season with Northeast United. He had also played for Indian Arrows and is also a part of Indian National football Team.

He is the youngest player in the history to captain an Indian Super League club, by doing so for NorthEast United, at an age of 20 years and 44 days. With his quick feet, great vision, dribble he was a hard opponent to face, holding his Position in central midfield. He is a box-to-box midfielder who makes tackles, interception defense splitting passes and let's not forget his first goal which was out of this world strike against Kerala Blaster from long way outside the box.

He has impressed many with his ability to compete against more physical players and extremely intelligent game-reading. He is one of those players who covers every blade of grass on a football pitch.

Apuia has a total of 32 appearance in ISL for Northeast side scoring once and 5 appearances for National team.

Altough he is only 21, there are few Honours in his name like Hero of the Month award for feb21, ISL emerging Player of season award and also FPAI Young player of the year award.

He has recently signed a 5-year contract with defending champion Mumbai city and it look like both the country and club knows that they had a gem in their hand.

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