It took three years for Baniyas to finally lure this Socceroo to the Arabian Gulf League. Persistence paid off for the Abu Dhabi-based outfit who clearly know when they're onto a good thing. Milligan, the 2015 Joe Marston medallist, continues to impress for club and country and snares the No. 5 spot as we countdown the Top 50 Aussies in the World.
5 Mark Milligan
Position Midfielder Club Melbourne Victory (now Baniyas)
Be it for Australia or Melbourne Victory, Milligan was consistently one of the better players on the pitch. The versatile central midfielder was a key in Victory’s double-winning campaign, and also contributed for the Socceroos.
“I think the consistency I’ve had over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate a lot of that comes down to good management from physios and doctors and things like that,” Milligan said. “When you’re able to stay on the pitch regularly I think your game tends to improve and flow along nicely. I think my management of myself, my body, being able to be available as often as possible especially over the last year has been very helpful.”
For the third season in a row, Milligan made more than 20 A-League appearances. So successful was his campaign, his club coach Kevin Muscat joked the lottery was the only thing left for his captain to win. “I was very fortunate to be involved in a few big moments this year,” Milligan tells FourFourTwo. The standout moment is tough to pick, but: “It’s hard to go past winning the Asian Cup on home soil.”
HE SAID: “I think probably in terms of trophies definitely my most successful season.”
THEY SAID: “When he’s out there on the ball he brings a lot of confidence to his teammates.” Kevin Muscatcomments