​33-year-old Spanish defensive midfielder Borja Fernandez etched his name in ISL history when he scored for ATK, then called ​Atletico De Kolkata, in the first match of the first season of the ​Indian Super League against Mumbai City FC on October 12, 2014.

Fernandez scored from an incredible long-range shot in the historic match as ATK went on to win 3-0 on the night and began a revolution in Indian football.

As a result, Fernandez etched his name in the Hero ISL history with the magnificent strike and bagging the very first Hero of the Match awarded in the league's history.

Since then, the former Real Madrid man played crucial roles in two of ATK's Indian Super League title wins in 2014 and 2016. And Borja has now revealed his experiences in India.

Speaking to ​ISL's official website, he started by revealing, "I arrived in India and nobody knew me. Nevertheless, they got informed and read that I played for the Real Madrid 'Galacticos'. We played the first match with 84,000 in attendance and I scored a spectacular goal - one of the few in my career. After the game, they awarded me Most Valuable Player (MVP). It was the first time the Indian league gave this prize."


Borja then pointed out that his stint in India literally revived his career. He said, "There are friends who go there and text me to ask what had happened there with me. The things went right. At a moment you can see the end of your career and in another part of the world, you are super famous. It feels great. People say India changes your life."

Usually, foreigners find it pretty difficult to adjust to conditions in India but Borja remains extremely fond of the culture here and would return back if given the chance. He concluded, "I went there (to India) and in the first days, I was in a shock. After some months, you realize it is another culture, another lifestyle - (something) completely different. The experience in India has been precious. I definitely want to go back."