Miguel Borja

Miguel Ángel Borja Hernández (born 26 January 1993) is a Colombian footballer who plays as a forward for Argentinian club River Plate, and the Colombian national team.

Miguel Borja
Miguel Borja 2016 (cropped).jpg
Borja playing for Cortuluá in 2016
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Borja Hernández[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 29)
Place of birth Tierralta, Colombia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
River Plate
Number 9
Youth career
2011 Deportivo Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Deportivo Cali 0 (0)
2011 Cúcuta Deportivo 5 (0)
2012–2014 Cortuluá 33 (8)
2013La Equidad (loan) 2 (4)
2013–2014Livorno (loan) 8 (0)
2014Olimpo (loan) 16 (3)
2015 Livorno 0 (0)
2015Santa Fe (loan) 33 (10)
2016 Cortuluá 21 (19)
2016Atlético Nacional (loan) 7 (1)
2017–2021 Palmeiras 79 (24)
2020–2021Atlético Junior (loan) 37 (22)
2021Grêmio (loan) 18 (5)
2022 Atlético Junior 17 (10)
2022– River Plate 13 (4)
National team
2013 Colombia U20 15 (5)
2016 Colombia Olympic 5 (0)
2016– Colombia 27 (8)
Honours
Representing  Colombia
Men's football
Copa América
Third place 2021
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 24 september 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 13 august 2022 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

ColombiaEdit

Borja began his career with Deportivo Cali, making his professional debut in 2011. That same year, he was transferred to Cucuta Deportivo, club in which he had few chances to play. He would soon be transferred again, this time to play for Categoría Primera B side, Cortuluá. Borja would make a name for himself in the second division of Colombia, often being referred to as a 'fast' and 'complete goalscorer', as well as boasting impressive strength on the ball. His impressive performances with Cortuluá eventually led him to becoming an alternative striker for Colombia's national under-20 team in 2013. On 17 January 2013, it was reported that Independiente Medellin had been interested in acquiring Borja's services. However, nothing was finalized and Borja was eventually sold to first division side, La Equidad. In his 2 disputable games, Borja scored 4 goals before being transferred to Serie A side Livorno.

LivornoEdit

During the summer of 2013, it was confirmed that Borja would join Italian club Livorno on loan. The loan consisted of a fee of €150,000 with an option to buy for €1.5 million.[3]

His debut for Le Triglie came on 20 October, coming off the bench in a 1–2 loss to Sampdoria.

Borja made seven season appearances for the club but failed to score a goal. Livorno was eventually regulated to the Serie B after placing last for the season.

Return to ColombiaEdit

Borja was loaned to Independiente Santa Fe for the second half of 2015. That season, Borja scored ten goals in thirty-three matches. He won the 2015 Copa Sudamericana with the team (he played seven matches with no goals).

For the 2016 season, he was sold to Cortuluá who was 17th in the league the previous season. In the Apertura tournament of the season, Borja scored a record of nineteen goals in twenty-one matches, breaking the record of most goals scored by a player in a league tournament (since 2002, the league is divided in two tournaments, Apertura and Finalización, each season).[4] The previous record was held by Jackson Martínez, with eighteen goals in the 2009 Finalización.[5] His team Cortuluá reached the Semifinals, which they lost to Independiente Medellín.

He was transferred again in 8 June, this time to Atlético Nacional. In 6 July, during his first match for his new team, while playing against São Paulo in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, he scored twice, a feat he repeated in the second leg a week after. Then, on 27 July 2016, he went on to score the definitive goal in the final series against Ecuadorian team Independiente del Valle, which Atlético Nacional ended up winning 2–1 on the aggregate.

PalmeirasEdit

On 9 February, it was announced that Borja had agreed to transfer to Brazilian side Palmeiras. He signed a five-year deal for a fee believed to be around US$10.5 million.[6] Borja became the fourth most expensive transfer of Brazilian football.[7]

JuniorEdit

On 28 December 2019, Borja signed a one-year loan deal with Atlético Junior.[8]

GrêmioEdit

On 5 August 2021, Borja signed with Grêmio[9] until December 2022, loaned from Palmeiras.

International careerEdit

Borja was included in Colombia's 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, making one substitute appearance in the group stage match against Senegal.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 24 November 2021.[11]
Club Season League National Cup State League Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Deportivo Cali 2011 Primera A 0 0 1 0 1 0
Cúcuta Deportivo 2011 Primera A 5 0 0 0 5 0
Cortuluá 2012 Primera B 22 4 5 0 27 4
2013 11 4 4 2 15 6
Total 33 8 9 2 42 10
La Equidad 2013 Primera A 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 4
Livorno (loan) 2013–14 Serie A 8 0 0 0 8 0
Olimpo (loan) 2014 Argentine Primera División 16 3 0 0 16 3
Santa Fe 2015 Primera A 33 10 5 0 11[a] 0 49 10
Cortuluá 2016 Primera A 21 19 3 3 24 22
Atlético Nacional 2016 Primera A 7 1 6 5 12[b] 11 2[c] 0 27 17
Palmeiras 2017 Série A 24 6 4 0 8[d] 4 7[e] 0 43 10
2018 16 3 4 1 12[d] 7 12[e] 9 44 20
2019 9 1 1 0 10[d] 3 5[e] 2 25 6
Total 49 10 9 1 30 14 24 11 112 36
Junior (loan) 2020 Primera A 23 14 1 1 11[f] 5 2[g] 1 37 21
2021 14 8 0 0 8[e] 6 22 14
Total 37 22 1 1 19 11 2 1 59 35
Grêmio (loan) 2021 Série A 14 5 2 0 16 5
Career total 225 82 38 9 30 14 55 33 4 1 361 142
  1. ^ Four appearances in Copa Libertadores, seven appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ Four appearances and five goals in Copa Libertadores, eight appearances and six goals in Copa Sudamericana
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in FIFA Club World Cup
  4. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Campeonato Paulista
  5. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  6. ^ Five appearances and one goal in Copa Libertadores, six appearances and four goals in Copa Sudamericana
  7. ^ Appearance(s) in Superliga Colombiana

InternationalEdit

As of match played 24 March 2022.[12]
Colombia
Year Apps Goals
2016 1 0
2017 4 2
2018 5 1
2021 13 4
2022 4 1
Total 27 8
Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[12]
List of international goals scored by Miguel Borja
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 2017 Chongqing Olympic Sports Center, Chongqing, China   China 3–0 4–0 Friendly
2 4–0
3 11 October 2018 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States   United States 4–2 4–2
4 8 June 2021 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia   Argentina 2–2 2–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 20 June 2021 Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico, Goiânia, Brazil   Peru 1–1 1–2 2021 Copa América
6 9 September 2021 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia   Chile 1–0 3–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 2–0
8 24 March 2022   Bolivia 2–0 3–0

HonoursEdit

Independiente Santa Fe

Atlético Nacional

Palmeiras[13]

Colombia U20

Individual

Personal lifeEdit

Borja was in 2021 linked with Colombian television journalist and writer Diva Jessurum. She has denied the rumors.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of Players: Colombia" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Miguel Borja" (in Spanish). Club Atlético River Plate. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Miguel Borja será fichado por el Livorno". Goal.com (in Spanish). 31 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Borja delivers on his promises". FIFA. 18 November 2016. Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Miguel Borja y su récord de goles en torneos cortos del fútbol colombiano - Liga Águila". Futbolred.com. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Palmeiras fecha a contratação do atacante colombiano Borja" (in Portuguese). GloboEsporte. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ Borja e Pratto entram no top 10 de contratações mais caras no Brasil
  8. ^ "Junior Barranquilla anuncia acordo por contratação de Borja, do Palmeiras". Globoesporte (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Borja é apresentado no Grêmio e fala em "fazer história"". SBT.
  10. ^ FIFA.com
  11. ^ "Miguel Borja". ogol. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Miguel Borja". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Scolari deja atrás la sombra del 7-1 y convierte Palmeiras en campeón de Liga". 25 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Atacante Miguel Borja é eleito o "Rei das Américas" de 2016". 23 February 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Com domínio do Palmeiras, Seleção é premiada recheada de finalistas" [With prevalence of Palmeiras, Best XI is awarded full of finalists] (in Portuguese). Federação Paulista de Futebol. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Diva Jessurum desmintió relación sentimental con Miguel Ángel Borja". 17 March 2021.

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