Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Borja, the fifth highest-scoring Colombian in River history

Miguel Ángel Borja is having a great moment in the Argentine Professional League Cup. He recently scored a brace in River Plate’s victory over Arsenal de Sarandí, the game ended 3-1 and with the three points the Millonario was in fifth place in Group A, just off the standings.

Borja was one of the figures in the engagement and became the protagonist early on. The first goal came in the second minute and in a very strange way, The Colombian deflected the trajectory of a shot from Santiago Simón and ended up firing the ball into the net.

15 minutes before the end of the game, the main referee awarded a penalty in favor of River Plate and Borja was responsible for the final decision. In this way he secured his brace and the final 3-1 before being substituted to applause from the Monumental crowd.

He was one of the top five goalscorers

His two goals against Arsenal de Sarandí not only gave Millonario’s team victory, but also made him the fifth highest-scoring Colombian in River Plate history. With the double, the striker scored 19 points in 52 games.

With these 19 goals, he equaled Juan Fernando Quintero as the fifth Colombian with the most goals in the club’s history. However, the striker reached this number in 52 games, while Juanfer did it in 97 games, which is why Borja appears ahead of the current Racing de Avellaneda player. His new challenge is to match and surpass Teófilo Gutiérrez, who ranks fourth in the Colombian top scorers table in River with 28 goals in 70 games.

The best Colombian scorers in River history

  • Juan Pablo Ángel: 62 goals in 132 games
  • Rafael Santos Borré: 56 goals in 149 games
  • Radamel Falcao: 45 goals in 112 games
  • Teofilo Gutiérrez: 28 goals in 70 games
  • Miguel Borja: 19 goals in 52 games
  • Juan Fernando Quintero: 19 goals in 97 games

The corresponding amulet

Miguel had a special amulet, his children. The little children got a haircut in support of their father and apparently this subtle gesture brought him good luck as the striker had a great and spectacular night, breaking a streak of seven games without a celebration.

Before the game, the kids stopped by the hair salon and got an eye-catching haircut. A number 9 adorned his head in honor of his father, as that is the number he plays with for River. His children’s new looks may or may not have brought him luck, but what is certain is that Miguel had a remarkable game and was reunited with the goal.

The Millonarios’ next game will take place on Thursday, September 21, when they face Atlético Tucumán on matchday five of the second phase of the First Division.

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