Top 6 Players Who Led Their Team to League Victory in Their Debut Season

Top 6 Players Who Led Their Team to League Victory in Their Debut Season

Isaac Darko
updated at May 6, 2024 at 4:04 AM
  • Real Madrid captured their record-extending 36th La Liga title on Saturday
  • Jude Bellingham played a key role as Los Blancos secured league glory
  • Here are six stars who carried their teams to league glory right from the start

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Securing a league title for your team is a remarkable feat, particularly when accomplished in your first season.

In today's highly demanding sporting landscape, it's typical for top players to require an adjustment period to acclimate to their new environment.

Van Persie, N'golo Kante, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suarez, Jude Bellingham.
Van Persie, N'golo Kante and Jude Bellingham are among stars who carried their teams to league glory right from the start. Photos by Denis Doyle/Alex Livesey/Mike Hewitt.
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However, there are exceptions; some players seamlessly integrate and make an instant impact.

Sports Brief has examined six such stars who wasted no time in making their mark, propelling their teams to league glory right from the start.

Debut-season title carriers

Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)

The iconic Real Madrid jersey has burdened many renowned players of the past, who found it challenging to cope with the immense pressure of being a Galactico.

However, Bellingham has effortlessly navigated through his debut season in Spain.

With an impressive tally of 18 league goals and four assists, he has contributed to nearly 30% of the goals scored by Carlo Ancelotti's championship-winning team this season, per the Guardian.

Such a stellar performance puts Bellingham firmly in contention for the Ballon d'Or.

Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

Suarez underwent a remarkable redemption journey in the 2020-21 season, per Eurosport.

Deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona, he was shown the door and swiftly made a move to league rivals Atletico Madrid.

Demonstrating a fierce determination, he ignited his performance, netting 21 goals and leading Diego Simeone's squad to their first league title since 2013-14.

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

The Dutchman's maiden year at Old Trafford was undeniably impressive.

The 2012-13 season marked Sir Alex Ferguson's last stand, and what a fitting finale it was with a title triumph.

Van Persie contributed significantly throughout, clinching the Golden Boot and orchestrating numerous decisive moments in matches.

Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

Sure, before the arrival of the Norway international, Pep Guardiola's side had clinched four out of the last five Premier League titles.

However, Haaland's impact was undeniable as he propelled them to the top last season.

With a staggering 36 league goals and a string of record-breaking performances, Haaland unquestionably earns his spot on this roster.

N’Golo Kante (Leicester City & Chelsea)

In his first season with Leicester City and Chelsea, Kante secured the Premier League title, playing a pivotal part in both victories.

Teammates and supporters promptly acknowledged the defensive midfielder for his influence in both campaigns.

In 2015-16, Kante claimed the Leicester City Players' Player of the Year accolade, and the subsequent year, he clinched the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)

Before joining Paris Saint-Germain, the Parisians had endured nearly twenty years without clinching the Ligue 1 title.

While Ibrahimovic's transfer to the French giants aligned with QSI's ownership, he remained the driving force on the field.

During his first season, the influential striker netted 30 league goals, laying the foundation for PSG's subsequent dominance in the league

Diaz shares excitement after Real wins title

Sports Brief recently reported on Diaz sharing his excitement after Real Madrid's win.

He played a huge part in the championship-clinching victory, scoring a goal and dishing out an assist against Cadiz.

The Morocco international has 10 goal contributions in La Liga this season, scoring six and recording four assists.

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Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)