Not bad for a first season, hey? Top A-League goalscorer of all time over a season with 25 goals, quickest player to score against every A-League team (done in just 16 rounds), and first ever Melbourne-based player (of any team) to score a hattrick at AAMI are just some of the records that headlined Bruno’s stellar season. But records and stats hardly do justice to Bruno’s fantastic first season in Australia, with the quality of his goals being equally as remarkable as the quantity of goals that he scored.
The addition of Fornaroli to Melbourne City transformed what was to a large degree a one man band in the 2014-15 season (with Mooy playing all the instruments) into the most attacking team in A-League history, which scored 63 goals last season. He became the club’s most prolific goalscorer of all time in less than one season (surpassing David Williams, who took 101 games to score his 21 goals), and with Fornaroli at Melbourne City the club needn’t worry about which striker will lead the line anymore (a very longstanding club question that has finally answered).
Expect Bruno, the PFA striker of the season, to be favourite next season to win the Golden Boot (again). When he first signed for Melbourne City, Bruno said “fans can expect lots of sacrifice for the shirt”. He more than lived up to his promise, every game showing a first class attitude, and always giving his all for the shirt. Bravo Bruno! and we look forward to many more games with you fighting for Melbourne City jersey.
Last season’s Melbourne Football player of the season this time claimed second place. Mooy took barely half a season to break the A-League record for assists over one season, and finished with 21 assists overall in 2015-16 (more assists than the second and third best assist providers combined). Mooy had 37 goal involvements over the season (11 goals, 21 assists, 5 secondary assists), which is more goals created than what four whole A-League teams scored (Sydney FC, Wellington, Central Coast, Newcastle).
The newly minted Socceroos regular was another Melbourne City player that walked into the A-League Team of the Season. Mooy’s spectacular attacking football will live long in the memory, and Melbourne City fans can rejoice in having seen the rising star of Australian football first make a name for himself at our club.
The mercurial Frenchmen missed most of pre-season with injury, as well as the first four A-League rounds, but bounced back to produce the excellent return of 10 goals over 20 starts. Combining wonderfully with Fornaroli and Mooy, Harry was the third member of the A-League’s most deadly attacking trio. Arguably the Melbourne City player with the most x-factor, who downright embarrassed many a defender, Harry also made the PFA Team of the Season (alongside Fornaroli and Maclaren as the front three).
The passionate player was a prime source of entertainment for A-League observers over the 2015—16 season, and the 24 year old still has lots of football ahead of him, where he’ll hopefully continue to dazzle at AAMI Park.