Photo: Radamel Falcao
French club AS Monaco FC has officially confirmed the signing of a five-year deal with Colombian star striker Radamel Falcao, saying Friday that an agreement was struck with the player and Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
Falcao becomes the latest player to be wooed by the club headed by Chairman Dmitry Rybolovlev, who already landed Colombian James Rodriguez and Portugal’s Joao Moutinho from F.C. Porto for a combined 70 million euros and also signed center back Ricardo Carvalho from Real Madrid
The 27-year-old forward’s signing by Monaco - for an undisclosed fee - brings an end to his two-year tenure with Atletico, where he scored 70 goals in 91 matches.
In the 2011-2012 season, he notched 36 goals in official competition: 24 in Spanish-league play and 12 in Europa League action, including two tallies in Atletico’s 3-0 triumph over Athletic Bilbao in the final.
Falcao’s hat trick powered Atletico’s 4-1 rout of Chelsea in the August 2012 UEFA Super Cup and he went on to score a total of 34 goals in all competitions over the course of the 2012-2013 season, which saw his club qualify for the 2013-2014 Champions League and win Spain’s Copa del Rey with a 2-1 win over wealthy crosstown rival Real Madrid.
The Colombian star played earlier in his career for Porto, scoring 67 goals and winning several titles, and for River Plate, where he was a key member of a team that won an Argentine league crown.