Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo get all the attention when discussing the best soccer player in the world. They are clearly the best players who ply their trade in Spain’s La Liga, but there is fast riser who should be at least mentioned in the discussion.
Athletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao is on a tremendous goal scoring pace for club and country. The 26 year-old from Colombia has netted eight goals in his last four matches.
Falcao scored two hat tricks in a five-day span for Athletico Madrid. He terrorized Athletico Bilbao’s defense in a La Liga match and then scored three first half goals against a strong Chelsea defense in the UEFA Super Cup.
This week he inspired Colombia to a pair of wins in World Cup qualifying. He scored a goal each against Uruguay and Chile. Colombia are now second in the South American World Cup qualifying group because of six important points in the last two matches.
Many soccer pundits are praising Falcao as the best true striker in the world. Messi and Ronaldo sometimes play center forward, but they are better suited attacking from the wings.
Falcao started his club career at Argentina club River Plate. He was sold for about 4 million euros to FC Porto (Portugal) in 2009. He shined at the Portuguese club by scoring 72 goals in 87 appearances. In Falcao’s two years at Porto, the club won a Portuguese league, two Portuguese cups and the 2010-2011 Europa League.
With Falcao’s stock on the rise, Porto pulled off a great piece of business by selling their star striker for a whopping 40 million euros to Athletico Madrid. Falcao scored 36 goals in 50 games in his first season in Spain’s capital. He led Athletico Madrid to win the 2011-2012 Europa League.
Now Falcao is off to a great start this season and even bigger clubs in Europe are interested in his services. He will be a hot name in the January transfer window and Athletico Madrid will hope to hang on to their talented Colombian.
Written by HS News Sports Writer: Nate Jacobson