Miguel BORJA

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Colom­bian clubs now hold both South Amer­ica’s ti­tles, after Atletico Na­cional added the Lib­er­ta­dores to the Su­damer­i­cana Cup won by Santa Fe in De­cem­ber. And cen­tre-for­ward Miguel Borja was in­volved in both.

At Santa Fe he was a sub­sti­tute who made so lit­tle im­pres­sion that he was con­sid­ered sur­plus to re­quire­ments for this year’s Lib­er­ta­dores. He there­fore re­joined Cor­tu­lua, where he picked up con­fi­dence by scor­ing 19 goals in the aper­tura cham­pi­onship, break­ing the short-tour­na­ment record which had been held by Jack­son Martinez. Hav­ing played the first half of the year with­out a cen­tre-for­ward, Na­cional then drafted him in for the clos­ing stages of the Lib­er­ta­dores.

There was no time for a dress re­hearsal, but right from the off it was a per­fect mar­riage: a team full of pass­ing and move­ment that cre­ated chances for a quick, un­com­pli­cated and in-form goal­get­ter.

In four games – the two legs of the semis and the Fi­nal – he scored five times to be­come his team’s top scorer in the tour­na­ment.

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