The Colombian professional football player, Radamel Falcao García Zárate, was born on 10 February 1986. Falcao plays as a forward for La Liga club Rayo Vallecano and frequently captains the Colombia national football team. He is nicknamed “El Tigre” which is Spanish for ‘The Tiger’ Falcao is often regarded as one of the top quality strikers of his age group and as one of the finest Colombian footballers of all time.
His professional career began in the Colombian Second Division, when he was 13, at Lanceros Boyacá. After this he moved to the Argentine club River Plate, where Falcao played with their youth academy from 2001 to 2005. Later he won the 2007–08 Clausura tournament. In 2009, Falcao joined Portuguese club Porto, where he won several trophies, including the Europa League and Primeira Liga double in 2011.
When his debut season for Los Colchoneros ended, Falcao had become the first football player ever to win two consecutive Europa League titles with two different clubs after following up his success with Porto in emphatic fashion at the initial attempt.
Falcao’s second season at Atletico began in comparable way with two hat-tricks, the second against Chelsea in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup because the striker motivated his side to a rampant 4-1 win.
By this point in time, Falcao was seen as perhaps the most lethal striker on the planet and also fifth in the 2012 Ballon d’Or. However much like his time at Porto, Falcao was to be make a move again just two years later when he was drawn to the millionaires playground that is Monaco.
He had been on the radar of both Chelsea and neighbours Real Madrid but was drawn to the French Riviera after Monaco offered him a five-year deal which would see the striker pocket €14m per-year – a massive sum that only a winner of a jackpot playing online Bingo in Australia could match. It was here where Falcao would become an integral part of a Monaco side that played their way into the hearts of fans throughout Europe thanks to their spirited Champions League displays.
Falcao’s Net Worth
After inking a deal in 2013 with AS Monaco to double his prior club salary, Falcao went on loan to Manchester United for the 2014/15 campaign. He was incentivised with bonuses and image rights.
At season’s end Falcao ceremoniously waved goodbye to the crowd at Old Trafford so signalling an end to rumours that his move was permanent. Despite a season which was considered a flop, other Premier League clubs inquire about his availability for the 2015/16 season. He has a five-year sponsorship with Puma and recently was featured in ads with Man City’s Sergio Aguero.
Falcao’s Personal Life,
Falcao (36 years old) has been married to Argentine singer and model Lorelei Tarón (33 years old), since 2007. They first met in a church when Falcao was 18 and he was playing for River. Their first child, Dominique García Tarón was born on 13 August 2013 in Monaco. Their second daughter, Desirée García Tarón, was born in February 2015.