Radamel Falcao is a Columbian professional footballer who currently plays for the English club Chelsea (on loan from Monaco, a French club) and the Columbia national team. Of 5.10 feet in height, he was born in Santa Maria, Columbia on 10th February 1986. His name is his father's tribute to the soccer legend Paulo Roberto Falcao, and his full name is Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate.
Falcao is 29 years of age, an Aquarian by zodiac sign and plays as a striker. This bio discusses briefly his career highlights and his style of playing that has won him many laurels.
Falcao's youth career from 1999 to 2005 was spent in Lanceros Boyaca and River Plate, winning the 2007 – 2008 Clausura while in the latter team. Joining the Portugese club FC Porto in 2009, he helped his team win the Europa League and Primeira Liga double in 2011 among many other trophies. He also became their top scorer of all time in international club competitions also setting the record for most goals – 17 in total - in an European campaign, thereby being the first person to be awarded the Portuguese Golden Ball.
After transferring in August 2011 to Atletico Madrid and leading them to the Europa League and Super Cup in 2012, Falcao became the top goal scorer two years consecutively and also the only player to win straight Europa League titles with two different teams. Falcao remained off the field due to an injury following his joining of the French club Monaco in May 2013. He struggled with his form while spending two seasons playing for the English Premier League clubs Manchester United and Chelsea on loan.
Having played for Columbia national team in the Under-17 team (2001 - 2005) and the Under-20 team (2005 – 2007), Falcao made his debut for the senior team in 2007 and is currently Columbia's all-time top scorer. He has made a total of 63 appearances for Columbia's senior team scoring 25 goals, including the Copa America editions of 2011 and 2015. An injury forced his absence in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Nicknamed as El Tigre (spanish : the tiger) and King of the Europa League, his credits include the Top scorer ever for Columbia (25 goals), two times UEFA Europa League Top Scorer (17 + 12 = 29 goals), two times UEFA Europa League Final Man of the Match (2011 and 2012), UEFA Super Cup Man of the Match 2012 etc. His playing style involves excellent footwork, pace balanced with control and stamina, and goal shots from varying distances and angles. His most amazing goals come from his headers. Known for his natural gameplay, Falcao capitalises on the chances no matter how less to score.
His salary according to a Forbes report in June 2015 is $25.9 million. He married Argentinian singer Lorelei Taron in and he has 2 daughters with his wife born in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Falcao's father, Radamel Garcia was also a professional footballer who played for both the Columbia as well as Venezuala national team. Falcao adhers to the Christian faith, and can be followed on his twitter account @FALCAO for regular updates on his footballing career and lifestyle.