If you googled "Falcao" several years ago, you would have been watching Falcão’s futsal skills or Falcão of Telê Santana’s unforgettable 1982 FIFA World Cup squad.
Through hard work and dedication, the Colombian Falcao is now the most recognisable Falcao.
Here’s an interesting Q & A on Tim Vickery’s BBC blog in 2009:
Q: Recently I was playing on my Fifa 09 game and noticed a talented young Argentinian player by the name of Falcao. I heard that during the summer he was linked to a host of clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid. I was wondering how his development is going and what chance does he have of breaking into the Argentine national team?
A: None whatsoever, because he's Colombian, and already an international with them. Radamel Falcao Garcia, son of a defender, named after a midfielder and he's turned out to be a centre forward. River Plate unearthed him early—he's come up the ranks with them.
He seems to have it all—he's good in the air, sleek on the ground, cuts in well on the diagonal—a striker of terrific potential. But the time for truth is fast approaching. He’s been a bit injury prone and has struggled to really get a sequence of games behind him. He’s 23 next week, and I think this is a big year for him—can he be the leader of the River Plate attack in their Copa Libertadores campaign? Is he going to deliver week in week out? He still needs to make the step from promise to reality. But I think that long term he has the attributes to deserve attention from the European giants.
Four months after that question, Porto signed Falcao from River for €3.9 million, €10.1 million cheaper than the fee Barcelona paid for Keirrison.
Falcao was world-class for Porto, and he continued his prolific goal scoring with Atlético Madrid.
He’s a big-game player, as Athletic Bilbao found out in the Europa League final. Evidently, David Luiz didn’t think it was a good idea to tightly mark Falcao during the UEFA Super Cup.
Going into the January transfer window, Falcao should have a 10-plus-goal buffer on Fernando Torres, simply because he's Falcao.
His father was very candid, as ESPN reported him saying:
There are three teams interested—Manchester City, Chelsea and a Russian team. Falcao has always wanted to play in the Premier League. Ever since he was a boy he has loved Chelsea and has always thought it would be an honour to play for a big Premier League team.
Not that I'm doubting the sincerity of Falcao's father, but players like Hámilton Ricard, Faustino Asprilla and Juan Pablo Ángel were memorable Colombian footballers in the Premier League—but they didn't play for Chelsea.
Maybe Falcao fell in love with Chelsea because of the great Gianfranco Zola. Either way, according to Falcao's dad, Falcao has loved Chelsea since he was a kid—that certainly should make your day if you support the Blues.
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