The amazing ascent of Tristan Borges was one of the highlights of the Canadian Premier League’s inaugural season. A product of Sigma FC, Borges signed his first professional contract with Forge FC in January of 2019, and quickly announced himself to the league with his goal-scoring ability and dynamic attacking play. Borges finished the 2019 season with 13 goals, just ahead of Cavalry FC’s Dominique Malonga and Pacific FC’s Terran Campbell (11 goals each) in the league’s scoring race. One of his goals was a fantastic curler that stood up as the winner in Forge’ 1-0 victory over Cavalry FC in Leg 1 of Finals 2019. Aside from claiming the Golden Boot as the league’s top scorer, Borges was also named the league’s MVP and best under-21 player at the CPL’s year-end award ceremony last November. Oh, and he also helped Forge win the North Star Shield. Borges’ exploits in the CPL did not go unnoticed overseas, as he was sold to Belgian club Oud-Heverlee Leuven for an undisclosed fee this past winter, marking the first time a CPL player was transferred to a European club. Borges now playing abroad means that the CPL will have a brand new Golden Boot winner in 2020 if the league decides to return to the pitch by the end of the year in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of which raises the question: Who will be the CPL's standout goal-scorer of 2020? Have your say by clicking on the Twitter post below and voting in the CanPL.ca poll.
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