2. Jofre Mateu (Atletico de Kolkata, FC Goa)
Another player to emerge from La Masia, Jofre Mateu was a regular for the B and C teams of FC Barcelona. He made his first-team debut in 1998 against UD Salamanca and appeared only once more in the next four years. The midfielder signed for Atletico de Kolkata in the inaugural season of ISL and played an integral role in their title-winning campaign. Following that, he played two more seasons for FC Goa and came close to winning the title again in 2015 but Goa succumbed to Chennaiyan FC. Jofre scored in the 87th minute to give Goa a 2-1 lead but the Gaurs bottled the game in the final few minutes as Chennaiyan staged a dramatic comeback to win 3-2.
1. Simao Sabrosa (Northeast United)
Simao Sabrosa‘s career started with Sporting CP before he moved to Barcelona in 1999 in a transfer valued at around 10 million euros. The left-winger helped Barca finish second in La Liga that season. Later that season, he entered Barcelona’s history books with a goal in the El Clasico, in which Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 2-0. Simao played six seasons for Benfica, scoring the most goals for his team in each of them. In 2015 he joined Northeast United FC in India after playing for clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Besiktas, and Espanyol. The Highlanders signed him as a marquee player and he scored three goals in 10 appearances in an injury-wracked season.