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Radamel Falcao
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Falcao playing for Colombia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full nameRadamel Falcao Garcia Zarate
Date of birth (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 (age 35)
Place of birthSanta Marta, Colombia
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray
Number9
Youth career
Lanceros Boyacá
2001–2005River Plate
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–2001Lanceros Boyacá8(1)
2005–2009River Plate90(34)
2009–2011Porto51(41)
2011–2013Atlético Madrid68(52)
2013–Monaco107(65)
2014–2015Manchester United (loan)26(4)
2015–2016Chelsea (loan)10(1)
National team
2001–2005Colombia U174(1)
2005–2007Colombia U2011(4)
2007–Colombia89(34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2019

Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate (born 10 February 1986 in Santa Marta, Colombia), mainly known as Radamel Falcao, is a Colombian footballer. He plays as a striker for Turkish club Galatasaray. He was named Falcao, in honor of Brazilian soccer player Paulo Roberto Falcao. Falcao is nicknamed El Tigre[1] or The Tiger in Spanish. He is widely known because of his ability to score goals with both feet and with his head.

Club Career

1996-2001: Lanceros Boyacá

When he was 13 years old, he started to play at Fair Play, which is a Colombian soccer school. In his two years with the club, he played eight matches and scored once.

2001-2009: River Plate

When he was 15 years old, Falcao was discovered by River Plate[2] in a match of selection in Colombia to footballers of maximum 17 years old. He has joined one of the legendary academies of soccer in Argentina. Before singing a professional contract with River Plate in 2005, he began to study journalism at the Palermo University in Argentina. When he was 19 years old, he scored two goals at his first match with River Plate. He scored seven goals in seven games, which is a goal each game, before he injured his right knee ligaments at the end of the 2005 season. After a long period of inactivity, he was injured again in January 2006.[3] On 27 Spetember 2007, Falcao scored a hat-trick against Botafogo, which allowed River Plate to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana.

2009-2011: FC Porto

On August 16, 2009, Falcao scored his first goal for F.C. Porto against Paços de Ferreira. During the first season in Europe, he scored 25 goals in 28 matches of the Sagres League. He was the second best striker after Óscar Cardozo, another football player from the country of Paraguay. During the 2010-2011 season, Falcao scored 16 goals in 13 games in the European League, which is more than a goal each game.

2011-2013: Atletico Madrid

Falcao in an UEFA Europa League game against SK Rapid Wien during the 2010/11 season with FC Porto.

In August 2011, he moved to Atlético Madrid for 40 million Euros. In December 2012, he was elected as the second best player from La Liga, the top division of Spanish Football.

Manchester United Loan Move

In 2014, Falcao made a £16m loan move to Manchester United from French side Monaco [4]. He was earning £190 000 per week but his season was met with injuries.

Falcao playing for Manchester United against Chelsea

International Career

Falcao took part in the 2005 South American U-20 Championship which was held in his home country of Colombia. He won the tournament as well. On 3 June 2007, Falcao scored his first goal for the national team against Montenegro. He scored the only goal of that game. On 11 October 2013, he scored 2 penalties against Chile to help tie the match at 3-3 after losing 3-0. This result meant Colombia qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998. Falcao missed the 2014 World Cup because he was injured, but played in the 2018 World Cup and scored a goal against Poland. On 7 June 2017, Falcao became the Colombian national team top scorer, after scoring his 26th goal in a 2–2 draw with Spain.[5]

Club

As of 2 July 2020.[6]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Continental[nb 3] Other[nb 4] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2004–05 Argentine Primera División 4 0 0 0 4 0
2005–06 7 7 0 0 7 7
2006–07 20 3 3 0 23 3
2007–08 27 11 12 8 39 19
2008–09 32 13 6 3 38 16
Total 90 34 21 11 111 45
Porto 2009–10 Primeira Liga 28 25 5 5 2 0 8 4 0 0 43 34
2010–11 25 16 3 3 0 0 16 18 1 1 44 38
Total 51 41 8 8 2 0 24 22 2 1 87 72
Atlético Madrid 2011–12 La Liga 34 24 1 0 15 12 50 36
2012–13 34 28 4 2 2 1 1 3 41 34
Total 68 52 5 2 17 13 1 3 91 70
Monaco 2013–14 Ligue 1 17 9 2 2 0 0 19 11
2014–15 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
2016–17 29 21 2 1 2 1 10 7 43 30
2017–18 26 18 1 0 3 3 5 3 1 0 36 24
2018–19 33 15 1 1 0 0 5 0 39 16
Total 107 65 6 4 5 4 20 10 1 0 139 83
Manchester United (loan) 2014–15 Premier League 26 4 3 0 0 0 29 4
Chelsea (loan) 2015–16 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 1
Career total 375 207 25 15 8 4 85 56 5 4 496 286
Notes

International

As of 28 June 2019[7]
Colombia
Year Apps Goals
2007 8 2
2008 5 1
2009 9 2
2010 4 1
2011 8 4
2012 7 5
2013 9 5
2014 3 1
2015 9 4
2016 2 0
2017 6 3
2018 11 4
2019 8 2
Total 89 34


Honours

Club

River Plate

Porto

Atletico Madrid

References

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