5 Vignesh Dakshinamurthy

A Srirampura-born defender, Vignesh started his career with Ozone FC in Bengaluru but was soon picked up by Mumbai City in 2018, as he made a big step top flight football early in his career. Vignesh has since turned into one of the best full-backs in the country, growing through the ranks, having made over 50 appearances for the Islanders, on the way to winning the ISL Shield and Trophy double in the 2020-21 season to add to the League Shield last season. He was also part of Mumbai’s historic campaign in the AFC Champions League in 2022. The versatile defender has been capped by the Indian National Team and was part of the squad that finished runners-up in the SAFF Championship in 2018. He joined Hyderabad on a four-year deal this year but will spend the rest of the 2023-24 campaign on loan with Odisha FC.


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