Celso Borges is one of the pillars of the Costa Rica team and has been a fixture in central midfield during his country's last three FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns.
The seasoned No5 is renowned primarily for his unparalleled tactical awareness, but also for his composure on the ball. Although ostensibly a defensive-minded player, Borges poses a significant threat at the opposite end of the pitch too thanks to his late runs into the box, long-range shooting ability and aerial prowess at set pieces. Indeed, he has averaged nine goals per season in his ten years as a professional in Europe.
Son of the legendary Alexandre Guimaraes, who represented Costa Rica at World Cups both as a player and coach, Borges played for his country at every youth level, participating at the FIFA U-17 World Championship 2005 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2007. Russia 2018 will be his second consecutive outing at the game's showcase event.