A lot has changed in the span of 12 months for Mumbai City FC midfielder Rowllin Borges. From having narrowly missed out on a playoff berth last February, the Goa-born footballer, just two nights ago, led his side into its first Indian Super League (ISL) final. “It still feels amazing…the feeling is amazing,” says a smiling Borges, reflecting on his sudden death penalty at the end of an absorbing second leg semifinal against FC Goa.

After the City Football Group (CFG) makeover, the club now has an air of inevitability surrounding it in the top division. And, Borges is benefitting from it. He is now playing alongside some of the best footballers in the country and is an ISL League Winners’ Shield winner. He is likely to be playing in the AFC Champions League group stage next year but, crucially, is enjoying playing football the ‘Lobera way’.

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