Rakesh Pradhan

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Rakesh Pradhan
Personal information
Full name Rakesh Pradhan
Date of birth (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Assam, India
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
NorthEast United
Number 33
Youth career
2013–2017 Shillong Lajong
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 Shillong Lajong 31 (1)
2019– NorthEast United 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 January 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 January 2020

Rakesh Pradhan (born 2 August 1997) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a defender for NorthEast United in the Indian Super League.


Born in Assam, Pradhan is a product of the Shillong Lajong academy.[1] While still a regular with the academy set-up, Pradhan made his first appearances for the Shillong Lajong first team during the 2013–14 I-League. Pradhan appeared on the bench on three occasions, against Dempo, Pune, and East Bengal, but didn't see any time on the pitch.[2][3][4]

More than four years later, prior to the 2017–18 season, Pradhan was added to the Shillong Lajong first team for the I-League.[5] He then made his professional debut for the club in their opening match against Gokulam Kerala. Pradhan started and played the whole match as Shillong Lajong won 1–0.[6] At the end of the season, Pradhan had played and started in all 18 of Shillong Lajong's matches during the I-League season.

On 4 April 2018, Pradhan scored his first professional goal against Pune City in the Super Cup. His goal in the 61st minute was the equalizer as Shillong Lajong came back from being 0–2 down to winning 3–2.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 January 2020[8]
Club Season League Federation Cup/Super Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shillong Lajong 2017–18 I-League 18 0 1 1 19 1
2018–19 13 1 0 0 13 1
NorthEast United 2019–20 Indian Super League 9 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 40 1 1 1 0 0 41 2


  1. ^ "Shillong Lajong Academy". Shillong Lajong (Twitter).
  2. ^ "Dempo vs. Shillong Lajong". Soccerway.
  3. ^ "Shillong Lajong vs. Pune". Soccerway.
  4. ^ "Shillong Lajong vs. East Bengal". Soccerway.
  5. ^ "Shillong Lajong FC I-League 2017/18 Squad". E-Pao. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Shillong Lajong 1-0 Gokulam Kerala". Soccerway.
  7. ^ "Shillong Lajong beat FC Pune City in Super Cup thriller". Times of India. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  8. ^ Rakesh Pradhan at Soccerway

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