This has led to teams being able to sign marquee players which were exempt from the salary budgets the they were under. The 2019-20 A-League is off to a great start and sports betting can be made on each round. Soccer fans can wager on their favourite A-League teams they believe will win each week.
A number of legendary players have moved to the A-League as marquee players over the season with some being hits. Here is a look back at the five best A-League marquee players of all-time.
1. Aaron Mooy – Melbourne City
Aaron Mooy signed to Melbourne City in 2014-15 from Western Sydney Wanderers. The attacking midfielder had already played in Europe with Scotland’s St. Mirren. Mooy joined Manchester City owned Melbourne City after being released from Western Sydney Wanderers and quickly become one of the best players in the division. A year after arriving at Melbourne City, Mooy became the youngest-ever marquee player in the A-League at 25. Mooy scored 17 goals in 30 games that season before moving to Manchester City at the end of the season.
2. Alessandro del Piero – Sydney FC
Alessandro del Piero was the first big name international to move to the A-League. The forward moved to Sydney FC in 2012 from Juventus after a storied career in Italy. At the time, Del Piero became the highest paid player to compete in the A-League. His play lived up to the salary as Del Piero scored 24 goals in 48 matches.
3. Marc Jank – Sydney FC
Austrian goal machine Marc Janko spent just one season at Sydney FC but it was a brilliant 2014-15. Janko won the A-League Golden Boot with 16 goals in 25 matches. He was also voted to the A-League’s Team of the Season and Sydney FC’s Team of the Decade. Janko was the first A-League player to score in seven straight games. Unfortunately, he left the club at the end of the season due to difficulties playing with Sydney FC and the Austrian national team.
4. Diego Casto – Perth Glory
Diego Castro is in his fifth season at Perth Glory in 2019-20. He has been a star for the side since arriving in 2015 from Spain’s Getafe. Castro scored 13 goals in each of his first two seasons and 10 more across the next pair of seasons. Castro was a part of Perth Glory’s Premiers title win in 2018-19. In April 2019, Casto signed on for two more years with the Glory.
5. Tim Cahill – Melbourne City
Tim Cahill is a well-travelled footballer who spent just two seasons playing for Melbourne City. He helped the club win the 2016 FFA Cup. Although his second season at the club was more hit than miss, Cahill is one of the biggest names in Australian football history. Cahill scored 13 goals in 27 matches in all competitions in his first season at the club. After playing a second season at the club, Cahill moved back to England to play for Millwall.