As a neutral, you cannot help but drool at Radamel Falcao’s wonderful skills and predatory instincts in front of goal. Currently at the peak of his powers, Falcao is undoubtedly one of football’s hottest properties. The Colombian is a complete striker possessing pace, power and a killer instinct to score goals. He scored an impressive 142 goals in only 177 appearances since he moved to Europe from Argentina.
On the back of a magnificent season with Atletico Madrid in which he helped them secure Champions League football and win the Copa Del Rey, he became one of the most wanted men in European football. In all honesty he could have handpicked any top club he would have wanted, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid keen admirers of the striker. Fans would have all liked to seen him move to one of those aforementioned top clubs or stay put at Atletico to test himself in the Champions League.
But, when news filtered in that he had signed for Ligue 2 Champions AS Monaco for a whopping £50 million, it shocked and disappointed football fans all around the globe in equal measure.
His move to Monaco is certainly good for the profile of the French Ligue 1 and it will well and truly get the project at Monaco, underway. The signing of Falcao along with the signings of James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho and Ricardo Carvalho shows Monaco’s rich owners are making a statement of intent.
Monaco does seem like an exciting project but a player like Falcao should be and needs to be playing in the elite of the European competition while he is at his peak. Yes, he has won silverware in Europe in the form of the Europa League in consecutive seasons with Porto and Atletico, but it cannot compare with the magic of the Champions League.
The most disappointing fact is that his move seems to be motivated by nothing other than money. He will be reportedly earning £12 million a year without having to pay taxes. It seems harsh to criticize the man before he has even kicked a ball for his new club but logically he has made the move to Monaco as a step backwards in terms football by moving to a weaker league and a step or two forwards in terms of financial gain.