Roy Krishna
Krishna with ATK Mohun Bagan in 2021
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-08-30) 30 August 1987 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Labasa, Fiji
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
ATK Mohun Bagan
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Labasa
2008–2013 Waitakere United 75 (55)
2013 Auckland City 4 (1)
2014–2019 Wellington Phoenix 122 (51)
2019–2020 ATK 21 (15)
2020– ATK Mohun Bagan 33 (18)
National team
2007 Fiji U20 6 (1)
2008–2016 Fiji U23 8 (2)
2007– Fiji 86 (57)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 January 2022
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 July 2019

Roy Krishna (born 30 August 1987) is a Fijian professional footballer who plays as a striker and captains both Indian Super League club ATK Mohun Bagan and captains the Fiji national team.

Club career

Early career

Krishna joined the New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC) side Waitakere United from Fijian local outfit Labasa FC in January 2008.

In May 2008, he spent two weeks training with the Wellington Phoenix,[3] but was not offered a contract.

In March 2009, it was reported that PSV Eindhoven was interested in signing h him.[4] However he said professional football in New Zealand with the Phoenix was his preferred option because he was not ready to move to Europe as he was still learning English and was not ready for another language.

In his 6 seasons with Waitakere United, Krishna managed 55 goals in 75 appearances and has won the NZFC Golden Boot in the 2012–13 season.[5]

Auckland City

In September 2013, it was announced that he had joined Waitakere's local rivals Auckland City FC for the upcoming ASB Premiership season.[6] On 12 December 2013, he scored Auckland City's goal in a 2–1 defeat to Raja Casablanca in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup and also became the first Fijian player to score at the finals of a FIFA tournament.[7]

Wellington Phoenix

On 7 January 2014, Krishna signed with the A-League's Wellington Phoenix until the end of the 2013–14 season as an injury replacement for Paul Ifill,[8] scoring his debut goal on 16 March 2014 against the Melbourne Heart, beating Andrew Redmayne with a powerful drive into the bottom right corner. The match ended in a 2–2 draw.[9] His performance in the match earned him the A-League's player of the week honors.[10] Four days later, Krishna came to terms on a new 2-year contract with the Phoenix.[11]

On 29 February 2016, Krishna extended his contract with the club, agreeing to a 2-year deal that would keep him at Wellington until the end of the 2017–18 season.[12] He subsequently signed a 1-year extension on 15 February 2018.[13]

On 18 April 2018, Krishna was named Wellington Phoenix Player of the Year and his fourth-round goal against Brisbane Roar was deemed the team's Goal of the Year for the 2017–18 season.[14]

On 2 December 2018, Krishna became the outright leading goal scorer for the Wellington Phoenix, overtaking previous leader Paul Ifill's 33 goals for the club.[15] Krishna made A-League history on 19 January 2019, becoming the first player to score 3 consecutive braces.[16]

On 13 May 2019, Krishna was awarded the Johnny Warren Medal for his performances in the 2018–19 A-League season. On 27 May 2019, Krishna announced his departure from Wellington Phoenix after a long-term deal was not reached.[17]

ATK

2019–20 season: Top scorer and league champions

On 18 June 2019, Krishna announced he had signed a one-year deal with ATK, who play in the Indian Super League.[18] Krishna got off the mark with a goal against Hyderabad in what was only his second match for ATK, and thereafter, it became a familiar sight. Despite a minor injury problem, he finished with 15 goals, the highest in the league alongside Nerijus Valskis and Bartholomew Ogbeche, and six assists from 21 games. Krishna was influential in ATK reaching the final in his first season with the club, scoring a goal in the second leg of their semi-final victory against Bengaluru on 8 March 2020.[19] He also played a pivotal role in ATK winning their record-breaking third league title with an assist in their 3–1 win over Chennaiyin in the final.[20]

2020–21 season: Merger with Mohun Bagan

Following the 2019–20 season, ATK merged with Mohun Bagan of the competing I-League to form ATK Mohun Bagan. Krishna extended his contract with the club for a further season and was confirmed as the club's captain.[21] In ATK Mohun Bagan's first Indian Super League match on 20 November 2020, Krishna scored the club's first goal in the competition and was awarded the man of the match in their 1–0 victory over Kerala Blasters.[22] He scored in the club's next match on 27 November, the inaugural Indian Super League Kolkata Derby against East Bengal; ATK Mohun Bagan won the match 2–0.[23] Krishna went on to help his team finish second in the league stage and grab up the runners up spot in the play offs also winning the golden ball award for contributing 22 goals in 23 games.[24]

2021–22 season

On 29 July, it was announced that Roy had extended his contract for another year at the club. He was also awarded Best Footballer of the Year by Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. On 18 August, Roy scored the first goal for ATK Mohun Bagan FC in the 2021 AFC Cup against Bengaluru FC as well as first goal in the 2021-22 season.

International career

Krishna made his debut for Fiji at the South Pacific Games 2007 and he has played for them in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament.[25]

In 2010, Krishna was also called up to the national futsal team for the 2010 OFC Futsal Championship.[26]

On 16 July 2016, Krishna was named as one of the three over-aged players of the Fiji under-23 team for the 2016 Summer Olympics, alongside Simione Tamanisau and Alvin Singh.[27] On 7 August 2016, he scored the team's only goal in the final tournament's campaign, against Mexico. Krishna's goal was Fiji's first ever goal in the Olympic Games.[28]

In 2021 Krishna was named Oceania Football Confederation ambassador.[29]

Personal life

Krishna is a New Zealand citizen, having gained his citizenship in December 2018 after ten years in the country and he is also an Indo-Fijian.[30]

In July 2018, Krishna married Indo-Fijian model and media business owner Naziah Ali.[31]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 23 January 2022
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Waitakere United 2007–08 New Zealand Football Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09 New Zealand Football Championship 14 11 0 0 4 3 18 14
2009–10 New Zealand Football Championship 16 8 0 0 6 1 22 9
2010–11 New Zealand Football Championship 11 6 0 0 4 2 15 8
2011–12 New Zealand Football Championship 16 11 0 0 6 5 22 16
2012–13 New Zealand Football Championship 14 19 0 0 8 6 22 25
Total 75 55 0 0 28 17 103 72
Auckland City 2013–14 New Zealand Football Championship 4 1 0 0 1 1 5 2
Wellington Phoenix 2013–14 A-League 9 1 0 0 9 1
2014–15 A-League 24 9 0 0 24 9
2015–16 A-League 16 6 1 1 17 7
2016–17 A-League 25 12 0 0 25 12
2017–18 A-League 21 4 1 0 22 4
2018–19 A-League 27 19 1 0 28 19
Total 122 51 3 1 125 52
ATK 2019–20 Indian Super League 21 15 0 0 21 15
ATK Mohun Bagan 2020–21 Indian Super League 23 14 0 0 23 14
2021–22 10 4 0 0 4[a] 2 14 6
Total 33 18 0 0 4 2 37 20
Career total 255 140 3 1 33 20 291 161
  1. ^ Appearances in 2021 AFC Cup

International

As of match played 20 July 2019
National team Year Apps Goals
Fiji 2007 7 1
2008 3 2
2011 7 5
2012 3 0
2015 1 1
2016 4 4
2017 5 1
2018 3 2
2019 5 5
Total 38 21
Scores and results list Fiji's goal tally first.[32][33][34]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2007 National Soccer Stadium, Apia, Samoa  Vanuatu
3–0
3–0
2007 South Pacific Games
2. 19 November 2008 Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji  New Zealand
1–0
2–0 2008 OFC Nations Cup
3.
2–0
4. 17 August 2011 Thomson Park, Tavua, Fiji  Samoa
1–0
3–0
Friendly
5. 18 August 2011 National Stadium, Suva, Fiji
1–0
5–1
6.
2–0
7.
3–0
8. 3 September 2011 Stade Boewa, Boulari, New Caledonia  Cook Islands
1–0
4–1
2011 Pacific Games
9. 10 November 2015 Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila, Vanuatu  Vanuatu
1–2
1–2
Friendly
10. 28 May 2016 Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea  New Zealand
1–2
1–3
2016 OFC Nations Cup
11. 31 May 2016  Solomon Islands
1–0
1–0
12. 4 June 2016  Vanuatu
2–2
2–3
13. 26 June 2016 Prince Charles Park, Nadi, Fiji  Malaysia
1–1
1–1
Friendly
14. 7 June 2017 Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji  New Caledonia
2–2
2–2
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 22 March 2018 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines  Philippines
2–3
2–3
Friendly
16. 5 September 2018 National Stadium, Suva, Fiji  Solomon Islands 1–1 1–1
17. 24 March 2019 Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji  Mauritius
1–0
1–0
18. 8 July 2019 National Soccer Stadium, Apia, Samoa  Tahiti
2–0
2–1
2019 Pacific Games
19. 18 July 2019  Solomon Islands
3–0
4–4
20.
4–2
21. 20 July 2019  Papua New Guinea
1–1
1–1

Honours

Waitakere United

Auckland City

ATK

Individual

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