Atten-shun! Rafael Santos Borre has signed a four-year deal with Eintracht Frankfurt. - © getty images
Atten-shun! Rafael Santos Borre has signed a four-year deal with Eintracht Frankfurt. - © getty images
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Rafael Santos Borre: Who is Eintracht Frankfurt's replacement for Andre Silva?

Rafael Santos Borre is the man charged with replacing the goals of Andre Silva at Eintracht Frankfurt. bundesliga.com has the lowdown on the Colombian striker, who will be sorely missed by former employers River Plate...

Rafael Santos Borre

Age: 25
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Position: Forward
Country: Colombia (four caps)

Key stats

Borre won the 2014/15 Colombian League title with Deportivo Cali, contributing seven goals in nine appearances, including a hat-trick on only his third senior outing. The following campaign, the 5'8" forward featured got his first taste of the Copa Libertadores, a competition he would win with River Plate in 2018.

Borre averaged 0.61 goals per game in his final season at River Plate. - getty images

Borre lifted four titles across a four-year stint at River, but not before testing the waters in Europe for the first time. Despite not making a single senior appearance for Atletico Madrid, the Colombian's career took a turn for the better during a loan spell at La Liga rivals Villarreal, where he scored four goals in 30 outings in 2016/17.

Borre's numbers in a River shirt climbed further still. With 56 goals in 149 competitive matches, he ranks as the Argentine club's record scorer of the modern era. His eight strikes in 13 2020/21 Copa de la Liga matches represented a league high, emulating his tournament-leading efforts at the 2017/18 FIFA Club World Cup (three goals).

Plays a bit like: Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

A diminutive right-footed forward with twinkle toes and the ability to inflict damage from deep or as a fox in the box, Borre has more than a touch of former Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez about his game.

Did you know?

Borre was hotly linked with a move to Rangers and Celtic of Scotland, as well as Italy's Lazio, before becoming the first Colombian national to sign for Frankfurt, on a deal through to 2025.

What they're saying

"Borre is a very interesting player who already has experience in European club football. He'll help us with his goal instinct and clinical finishing. We're pleased to have gained a player with international stature." - Frankfurt sporting director Markus Krösche

"Borre's one of Colombia's danger men, we have to watch him." - Brazil coach Tite, speaking at the 2021 Copa America

"Borre's killing it at River. He came to us when he was still very young, but his development since has been phenomenal." - Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone