Who is Liston Colaco? Know everything about the highly talented India striker

ATK Mohun Bagan striker Liston Colaco; Credit: Twitter/@colaco_liston
By Sreejith C R | Mar 27, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Liston Colaco has been one of the standout performers of Indian Super League (ISL) this season. The 23-year-old finished the 2021-22 ISL season as the top Indian goalscorer with eight goals and four assists to his name in 22 appearances for ATK Mohun Bagan. The Mariners signed the Goan footballer from Hyderabad FC for huge money last year. The youngster always had something in him. It seems that he is now starting to properly realize his potential. He played a key role in ATKMB’s impressive run to the ISL semi-finals.

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The 23-year-old started his professional career with Salgaocar’s U-18 team in the 2016-17 season and then joined FC Goa’s youth team in April 2017. He was very impressive with his goal-scoring prowess in the U-18 I-League and quickly got promoted to the FC Goa’s senior squad. After spending three seasons with the Gaurs, Liston moved to Hyderabad FC for more game time.

HFC head coach Manuel Marquez helped Liston to climb the ladder of Indian football. He finished the 2020-21 ISL season with two goals and three assists in 19 matches for the Nizams. His impressive performances earned him a national team debut in March 2021. The following season, Indian football giants came calling and signed the striker for a transfer fee of around Rupees 1crore. 

With Sunil Chhetri not getting any younger at 37, Indian football needs a young goal-scorer to pick up the mantle. Liston certainly looks like the most suitable person to do so. Though he is a long way away from being compared with the legendary Indian striker, Liston needs to perform at a high level on a consistent basis and has to get on the score-sheet regularly.

Though he is predominantly a winger he could be transformed into a centre-forward in the future. He has all the elements needed to be a successful striker. Not afraid to take on defenders, has got so many tricks in his bag and knows where the back of the net is.

Even at the age of 23, Liston has already played against formidable oppositions, both domestic and international. But he ever looks intimidated by the prospect of playing against foreign defenders or more experienced players.

Liston has tormented defenders all through the ISL season with his pace and brilliant dribbling abilities. He has the confidence to take on defenders which many Indian players don’t have. He mostly likes to play down the left wing. Predominantly he is a right-footed player, therefore he has a tendency to pick the ball in deep areas or wide in the wings, cut inside and tries to curl the ball into the far corner.  

On top of that, Listo’s work in the final third is constantly improving. He has improved a lot under Antonio Habas and Juan Ferrando in ATKMB. He now looks like a much more matured player who knows when to dribble and when not to and has good positional awareness.  

If Liston can further sharpen his skill-set he can become a more complete player and become a focal point of the Indian national team’s attack going forward. 

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