Monu Goyat emerged out to be the costliest buy in the Pro Kabaddi League history when he was snared by Haryana Steelers for a huge amount of Rs 1.51 crore. The franchise faced competition from Dabang Delhi and U Mumba during the auction but it was firm on purchasing the player for any amount, which led to Goyat registering his name in record books.
However, the road to glory for him was not at all easy. As a son of a farmer, he had limited resources and faced hardships at the start of his career. “We played for a job. Jyada paise ki ummeed nahi thi. Koi league to tha nahi,” (we did not hope for any money. There was no league that time). We could sustain ourselves but money was often in short supply,” Goyat was quoted by The Economic Times.
His two year-stint at Pro Kabaddi league helped him shift to a new house. He had played for Bengal Warriors in the fourth edition before being bought by Patna Pirates for Rs 44.5 Lakh in the fifth edition of Pro Kabaddi league.
Now, what Monu plans to do with the money he got in the auction? The amount might be spent on the marriage of his elder brother, he says, “Some of it might be spent on my elder brother’s marriage.”
Monu was one of the six Crorepatis in the Pro Kabaddi league auction along with Rahul Chaudhari (Rs 1.29 Crore), Deepak Hooda (Rs 1.15 Crore), Nitin Tomar (Rs 1.15 Crore), Rishank Devadiga (Rs 1.11 Crore), Fazel Atrachali (Rs 1 Crore).
He is also a part of the Indian team for the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018, where India have been placed in Group A along with Pakistan and Kenya. Each team will face other teams in the group twice, which means that India and Pakistan will also lock horns two times. Monu will be making his debut for the country at the eight-day event.