Radamel “Falcao” Garcia is a native of Columbia-born 10 February 1986 and a professional soccer player. He has plenty nicknames like “El Tigre” (Spanish for The Tiger) or “King of the Europa League”. Every soccer team needs a player who can put the ball in the back of the net when given the opportunity. Falcao is that kind of player. Falcao has an incredible scoring record. At the age of 26, he has scored close to 100 goals in 140 appearances. This is a three years span that dates back to 2009. When playing for FC Porto in Portugal (2009-2011), he scored 41 goals in 51 appearances. Since moving to Atlético Madrid in Spain, he has netted 40 goals in 48 appearances.

radamel falcao scoring in colombia national team

Falcao has been described as a “natural goal scorer” and a striker with the “ability to bag a goal from nothing”. His abilities to adapt to most positions and scoring goals with various parts of his body has resulted in goals. Described as a “poacher“, Falcao is often labeled as a “pure striker” often playing as a traditional “number 9“, capitalizing on fewer amounts of chances that are given to him than the typical goal scorer.

His footing and curves make him stand out through all of his games regardless the distance or positions. Falcao is well known for having a strong weak foot (left) that is on equals with his right foot (preference) allowing him to be flexible with goal scoring. Falcao keeps his stamina in check and allowing him to often outrun other players in the most critical moments in obtaining the ball by controlling a good balance pace. The strength of his shots is often well controlled, in terms of distance and angles, as shown throughout his career.

radamel falcao in fc porto jersey

There are several qualities most great goalscorer posses. One of which is to be two-footed. Being two-footed can be accomplished by many as far as ball control and striking the ball is concerned. But most two-footed soccer players cannot perform a bicycle kick with their weak foot and score a goal. Falcao did just that while playing for Porto FC during the 2010-2011 seasons. That in itself is amazing. He is truly a top striker.

On 3 July 2015, Chelsea signed Falcao on a season-long loan deal with the option of a permanent transfer at the end of the season. The fee to make the move permanent was set at £38 million (€50 million) and it was later revealed. The move briefly reunited him with his Colombia teammate Juan Cuadrado and former Atlético Madrid team-mates Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois. Chelsea later transferred on loan midfielder Mario Pašalić to Monaco, so as to exchange for Falcao.

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Falcao made his debut on 2 August in the 2015 FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium, replacing Loïc Rémy at half-time as Chelsea lost 1–0 to rivals Arsenal. He debuts his first league game six days later with a 2–2 home draw with Swansea City, playing the final six minutes in place of Willian. On 29 August, again as a replacement for Willian, Falcao scored his first Chelsea goal, equalizing in an eventual 1–2 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

On 3 November, Falcao picked up a muscular injury in training, and was ruled out for a “few weeks”, however on 15 January 2016, new manager Guus Hiddink confirmed that Falcao’s latest injury setback was “very serious”. He was dropped from the team’s Champions League squad the following month, in favor of new addition Alexandre Pato.

falcao in monaco celebrating a goal

At the end of the 2015–16 seasons, Falcao returned to Monaco. On 5 November 2016, he scored twice in the first half as Monaco defeated Nancy 6–0 in a Ligue 1 match, following his two first-half goals against CSKA Moscow in a 2016–17 Champions League group stage match three days earlier.

He scored his first hat-trick on 10 December 2016 in a Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux which boosted his 2016–17 season tally to 14 goals in 15 competitive games, and 10 goals in Ligue 1 with just 579 minutes of Ligue 1 playing time, meaning that Falcao scored an average of one Ligue 1 goal in every 58 minutes of Ligue 1 playing time.

On 21 February 2017, Falcao scored two goals, the first with a diving header from Fabinho’s cross from the right and the second with a chip over Willy Caballero, but missed a penalty in a 5–3 away loss to Manchester City in the Champions League’s round of 16 first leg matches.