Rafael Santos Borré

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Rafael Santos Borré
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Borré with River Plate in 2019
Personal information
Full name Rafael Santos Borré Maury
Date of birth (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 27)
Place of birth Barranquilla, Colombia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Frankfurt
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Deportivo Cali 28 (14)
2015–2017 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2015–2016Deportivo Cali (loan) 26 (6)
2016–2017Villarreal (loan) 17 (2)
2017–2021 River Plate 62 (21)
2021– Eintracht Frankfurt 45 (9)
National team
2014–2015 Colombia U20 15 (4)
2016 Colombia Olympic 1 (0)
2019– Colombia 20 (2)
Representing  Colombia
Men's football
Copa América
Third place 2021
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 9 November 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 19 November 2022 (UTC)

Rafael Santos Borré Maury (born 15 September 1995) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt and the Colombia national team.

Succeeding his early career with Deportivo Cali, Borré signed with Spanish club Atlético Madrid in 2015, where he was loaned back to Cali until 2016; that same year, Borré was loaned out to La Liga counterpart Villareal CF. In 2017, Borré joined Argentine giant River Plate and won several titles during his time with the club, including the 2018 Copa Libertadores and the 2019 Recopa Sudamericana. Before his departure from the club, Borré consolidated himself as River Plate's top scorer of the renowned Marcelo Gallardo era with 55 goals. He returned to European football in 2021, signing for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt. He helped the side conquer their second Europa League title in 2022, also scoring Eintracht's equalizer and winning penalty (5–4) in the final against Rangers; for his contributions, Borré was named in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League Team of the Year.

At youth level, Borré represented Colombia at the South American U-20 Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015. He made his senior debut in 2019 and has since collected over ten caps; Borré was part of the Colombia squad that finished third at the 2021 Copa América.

Club career[edit]

Deportivo Cali[edit]

Borré began his career with Deportivo Cali, and earned himself a name as a prolific goalscorer, which garnered the attention of some of Europe's biggest clubs. In August 2015, Borré was seen in the training grounds of Atlético Madrid. He signed for them on 28 August 2015, penning a six-year deal. However, he went back on loan to Deportivo Cali.[2] On 25 March 2016, Borré suffered an injury. He did not play until 1 May, coming on as a 64-minute substitute for Andrés Felipe Roa in a 3–2 win against Alianza Petrolera.[3] Borré played his next match on 15 May against Jaguares de Córdoba. There he scored his team's second goal in a 3–2 win.


On 13 August 2016, Borré joined Spanish club Villarreal on loan from Atlético Madrid.[4] On 23 February 2017, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win over AS Roma in Europa League Competition. Despite winning the match, Villarreal still lost the series by a 4–1 aggregate. On 1 March, he scored a brace in a 4–1 win over Osasuna, scoring twice in under 5 minutes.

River Plate[edit]

On 7 August 2017, Borré joined River Plate.[5] On 23 November 2019, he scored River Plate's only goal in a 2–1 defeat to Flamengo in the Copa Libertadores final.

For the 2020 Argentine season, Borré was the league's top scorer with 12 goals in 20 league matches and has cemented himself as a star for Gallardo due to his goalscoring and work rate. In April 2021, Borre scored a poker, scoring four goals in one match in the league. He is the maximum goal scorer in the legendary Gallardo era with 54 goals and 20 assists as of 18 April.

On 1 July 2021, Santos Borré became a free agent.[6]

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

On 5 July 2021, Santos Borré joined German club Eintracht Frankfurt.[7] On 5 May 2022, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over West Ham United in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Europa League, which helped his club to reach the final.[8] In the final, Borré scored Eintracht's equalizer against Rangers, and the winning penalty (5–4) to win the competition for his team.[9]

International career[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Borré had his first stint in international football with Colombia's U-20 team which participated at the 2014 Toulon Tournament, where he scored a goal against Qatar during Colombia's third group-stage match which ended in a 1–1 draw.[10][11] Finally, Colombia were eliminated after finishing fourth in their group with Borré appearing in the entirety of Colombia's matches.[12]

Borré was called up to Colombia's under-20 team to take part in the 2015 South American Youth Championship, where he scored two goals during the initial stage against Chile and Peru, respectively.[13][14] Colombia finished as the tournament's runner-up, thus earning a spot at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.[15]

At the U-20 World Cup, Borré managed to score a goal during Colombia's final group-stage match against Portugal; Colombia was eliminated in the round of 16 after losing 1–0 to the United States.[16][17]

In March 2016, Borré was called up to Colombia's Olympic team to dispute the first-leg of the CONMEBOL–CONCACAF play-off against the United States for a spot at the 2016 Summer Olympics; Borré was subsituted on in the 61st minute with the game ending 1–1 in Barranquilla.[18] Despite Borré not being included in the second leg, Colombia secured qualification after winning 3–2 on aggregate.[19]

Senior team[edit]

On 20 March 2015, Borré received his first call-up to Colombia's senior team by coach José Pékerman for friendlies against Bahrain and Kuwait.[20] However, he was an unused substitute in both matches.[21]

He made his Colombia debut on 6 September 2019 in a friendly against Brazil, when he substituted Duván Zapata in the 83rd minute.[22]

On 10 June 2021, Borré was named in Colombia manager Reinaldo Rueda's list for the 2021 Copa América.[23] In total, Borré appeared in five matches as his country secured a third-place finish.[24]

On 5 June 2022, Borré scored his first goal for Colombia during a 1–0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia.[25] He netted another goal for his country on 24 September, Colombia's third in a 4–1 triumph against Guatemala.[26]

List of international goals scored by Rafael Santos Borré
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 June 2022 Estadio Enrique Roca de Murcia, Murcia, Spain  Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 24 September 2022 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Guatemala 3–0 4–1


Deportivo Cali

River Plate

Eintracht Frankfurt



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  2. ^ "El Atleti hace oficial el fichaje del colombiano Santos Borré" (in Spanish). AS. 28 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Rafael Santos Borré es baja para Deportivo Cali entre tres y cuatro semanas - Deportes - El País". Archived from the original on 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Santos Borre se va cedido al Villarreal" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 August 2016.
  5. ^ "El Atlético anuncia el traspaso de Santos Borré al River Plate" [Atlético announces the transfer of Santos Borré to River Plate] (in Spanish). 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Por qué se queda libre Rafael Santos Borré" (in Spanish). Clarín. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Borré joins the Eagles". Eintracht Frankfurt. 5 July 2021.
  8. ^ "De la mano de Borré, Eintracht Frankfurt regresa a una final europea". caracol.com.co (in Spanish). 5 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Borré schießt die Eintracht auf den Thron der Europa League". kicker.de (in German). 19 May 2022.
  10. ^ https://www.futbolred.com/seleccion-colombia/participante-en-torneo-esperanzas-de-toulon-2011-156525
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  14. ^ https://www.conmebol.com/noticias/sudamericano-sub-20colombia-vence-peru-3-1-y-toma-impulso/
  15. ^ https://www.semana.com/sub-20-clasifica-mundial-nueva-zelanda-futbol/416873-3/
  16. ^ https://www.espn.com/soccer/match/_/gameId/418895
  17. ^ https://www.si.com/soccer/2015/06/10/usa-u20-world-cup-colombia-steffen-rubin-quarterfinals
  18. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2016/03/25/us-ties-colombia-1-1-on-gil-goal-in-olympic-playoff-1st-leg/82276110/
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  20. ^ https://www.prensalibre.com/deportes/futbol-internacional/falcao-y-bacca-convocados-para-los-amistosos-de-colombia-con-bahrein-y-kuwait/
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  22. ^ "Brazil v Colombia game report". ESPN. 6 September 2019.
  23. ^ https://fcf.com.co/index.php/2021/06/10/convocatoria-seleccion-colombia-masculina-de-mayores-para-conmebol-copa-america-2021/
  24. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/football/colombia-beat-peru-3-2-in-the-third-place-match-at-copa-america-7397692/
  25. ^ http://english.news.cn/20220525/324f55b808b74fb1b2addb9669204921/c.html
  26. ^ https://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/international-friendlies/colombia-vs-guatemala_game_163780.html
  27. ^ "2021/22 UEFA Europa League Team of the Season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 May 2022. Retrieved 20 May 2022.

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