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Award is because of the team, says Coronado

Khaleej Times logo Khaleej Times 18/05/2019 James Jose
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First season and a League title and the Golden Ball for Best Foreign Player, not bad for someone plying his trade for the first time in the UAE.

Sharjah's Igor Coronado couldn't have imagined it after making the move from Italian Serie B side Palermo and the Brazilian midfielder was chuffed after leaving a lasting impression.

But the 26-year-old was humble and modest by saying that it was all down to the team.

"This is not just because of me but because of the whole team. I'm holding this now because of all the Sharjah players," Coronado said after receiving the Golden Ball for Best Foreign Player.

"It was an amazing season for us, for the fans. The main target for us was winning the League and we did that," he added.

Not many players get used to football in a different region, especially in their first year, but Coronado has taken it like a fish takes to water. He has scored 17 goals, eight off which were penalties, and also had nine assists in 25 fixtures.

"It was not easy. There was a lot of questions asked to me when I came here. But taking the League and having this in my hand now, obviously winning the League is the most important one and that I guess answers all the questions," Coronado said.

He also paid tribute to local coach Abdulaziz Al Anbari and his staff for getting the best out of the team.

"He was great, he was really good. Especially towards the end, I really appreciated how he dealt with difficult situations," he said.

Next season, Sharjah will get to play in the AFC Champions League and Coronado was eager to take the next step.

"That's going to be a big step. It is a new challenge for me and that's exactly what I was looking for, when I first came here. Now, finish the League, enjoy the rest and then we come back and prepare ourselves again, mentally and physically, to be our best," said Coronado, who still has three years left on his contract.

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